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Lake Merritt

Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
+1 510-238-7275
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nice little area to walk around the lake and take pictures of the city . its close to everything... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
San Francisco, California
Lake Merritt - A surprise treasure in the city of Oakland

Lake Merritt is a lovely spot to visit for those visitors in search of a green oasis in the middle... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Oakland, CA, United States
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Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bird sanctuary” (50 reviews)
“boat house” (20 reviews)
“mile walk” (24 reviews)
Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
+1 510-238-7275
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Reviewed 2 days ago

nice little area to walk around the lake and take pictures of the city . its close to everything like the museum and stores and restaurants

Thank Mikey201
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lake Merritt is a lovely spot to visit for those visitors in search of a green oasis in the middle of busy Oakland, CA. Public parking can be difficult, but with patience one can find a spot at the lakeside or within one or two...More

Thank M8212OWheathers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Oakland is knw for its stunning yet romantic sun sets and this particular evening was no exception. It was great as the clear sky's enabled is to see as,far as the golden gate bridge! Its a must see on any hot August summer night!

Thank praisesgoup
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great walking trail. Also good for biking, skating, running. A little crowded on weekends. Not a lot of space for picnics.

Thank loisg7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfect for a good walk or juggling.walking distance to Grand street restaurants and parking.Nice for the young as well,playground and large open areas.

Thank Jill O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting beautiful Lake Merritt is such a world class view and the tree lined peninsula gives you a feel of being in old Europe. The fabulous art deco architecture that surrounds the lake is a joy to behold Once in a while you see a...More

Thank electricsheep2019
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've driven around it for decades, especially in the 80's and 90's when I lived in the East Bay, but only recently discovered it as the ideal urban setting to get my required FitBit steps in. Instead of exploring the nearest pizzeria or ramen house...More

Thank Ed_Uyeshima
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm so glad I didn't leave Oakland without walking around Lake Merritt. It was a gorgeous park in an updated urban area.

Thank RDK3822
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have lived in the area over 30 years and have walked the lake during that time. Now the lake, with its night time "necklace of lights" is safe and pleasant. The most dangerous thing would be to get run over by a bike....lots of families...More

Thank JocelynW32810
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a great place to take a nice walk and there are plenty of restaurants in the area. You can also rent watercraft here.

Thank Subidos
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1 April 2016|
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Response from Heather H | Reviewed this property |
No, unfortunately there isn't any parking lots dedicated to Lake Merritt. However, there is street parking if you get there early enough. {Paid parking on Saturdays and free on Sundays and holidays} Additionally, there are... More
15 August 2015|
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Response from margaretpat | Reviewed this property |
Nor sure, maybe 10 to 20 minutes on the freeway on a good day
15 August 2015|
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Response from Don04221958 | Reviewed this property |
If you fall in by accident, go directly to a shower with serious soap. The water is in no way clean or safe.