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Lake Merritt

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Address: Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
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+1 510-238-7275
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Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.

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Very pleasant to walk around in the sun

I lived in Oakland for 3 years a decade back and loved Lake Merritt then and still love it now. It is getting some upgrades and still maintain the charm. At night my wife wouldn't... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Bill S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I lived in Oakland for 3 years a decade back and loved Lake Merritt then and still love it now. It is getting some upgrades and still maintain the charm. At night my wife wouldn't be happy to walk around it like I was...and that may be wise. On a sunny day it is a delightful location with nice places... More 

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Thank Bill S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For health reasons I walk 31/2 miles around Lake Merritt 3-5 times per week. It's safe, scenic and very affordable; in fact it's free!

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Thank Stan M
New Paltz, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lake Merritt's restaurant has great choices on its menu including fish, meat, and vegetarian meals, as well as gluten free items. The food is good and you can see the lake across the street from every table. If you have a window table (and there are many) you will likely see a variety of birds including swans at the lake.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Is the City of Oakland dosing the geese with tranquilizers? I have never seen such well behaved geese

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hardest review to write because Lake Merritt is quite possibly the best kept secret in the San Francisco Bay Area. Why? Well, as they say in the RE game, location location location, and more than that, space! With a perimeter exceeding 3 and a half miles, LM is the most spacious urban lake around. It has the luck to be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lake Merritt has come a long way. With new pathways its a great place to walk and run. I have lived in the area for 12 years and can honestly say its a nice place to visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to run, walk or just admire! There is always entertainment going on at the lake, inspiring people, and Nature - right in the middle of Oakland! Fairyland is there for the young children, farmers market on the weekends, shops nearby. Great Lake!

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Thank Kathy P
Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The lake is a great place to hang out on a beautiful day, get some sunshine and cardio. If you're feeling daring hit the "infamous stairs". Bird-watch or just hang with friends, just don't mind the fitness crazed folks all around.

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Thank Monie_Lov3
Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for a flat, scenic walk. There is a bird area and a bonsai garden. Festivals, marches, picnics, reunions, etc all regularly happen on the weekends here. Fun times all around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spend 10 days in Yosemite every year and this year will be awesome from all the rain & snow! All the waterfalls will be magnificent and lake Muir will be a great place to swim and have picnic. Yosemite falls Vernal falls & Muir lake are fantastic a true testament to Gods awesome creation! Have fun!

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