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Lake Merritt

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Address: Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone Number:
+1 510-238-7275

Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.

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Chilly but enjoyable

Lake Merritt is a very pleasant area to visit and enjoy the ambience. For December 26th, the runners and walkers were out in full force along with the assorted varieties of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Stephen F
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lake Merritt is a very pleasant area to visit and enjoy the ambience. For December 26th, the runners and walkers were out in full force along with the assorted varieties of birds - ducks, seagulls, geese, etc. It it hadn't been so chilly, we would have walked for a longer time but we gave it at least 30 minutes before... More 

Thank Stephen F
Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This lake is an amazing place to get a nice 3.3 mile walk in close to home. There is an abundance of bird life, and a great city skyline. This is a great place for sunset/sunrise or wildlife photography.

Thank PaulBPCA
Oakland, CA
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

I've lived around lake merritt for 15 years and it NEVER ceases to enchant. whether it is the gardens at lake merritt, the oakland lawn bowling club, fairyland or just walking the 3 mile perimeter, it is so relaxing. i've seen stingrays, striped bass, flounder, jellyfish, and much, much more. oh and the birds! so many wonderful migratory birds in... More 

Thank peggydaly
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

On the weekend you can find people having picnics, playing instruments or salsa dancing. In the early morning between 5 and 8 there are at least 200 people walking or running around the lake. The weather is almost always good. On the north side you can explore the Lakeshore shopping center

Thank Blacksnapper
San Francisco, Ca
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Lake Merritt has a 3 mile path around the perimeter. Lovely trees, arches, grassy areas where people picnic. A great place to take your daily walk

Thank MexicoQT
Alameda, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

One of the best things about living in the east bay.....lake merritt. I always feel so tranquil here. Such a diverse crowd that reminds you how we are all welcome. You can come with friends or alone and it's always great.

Thank michellegJ8698CV
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

We joined a very knowledgeable Oakland Parks and Rec naturalist for an hour long walk along the shore of the lake to identify some of the various fall migratory birds in residence. If there is a "walk" available, we recommend taking it.

Thank Seanne K
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221 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Lake Merritt is nice for bicycling, walking, walking dogs or running around, provides exercise, scenery, wildlife, people watching. Shopping, eateries, public library, rotary nature center, boating are nearby.

Thank G L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

This lake is the quintessential urban running/walking experience. The distance around the perimeter is perfect for either beginner's routine or laps for a more seasoned person. The environment is always interesting and varies from side to side. It is highly recommended for a run, a walk, or any other type of leisure activity that gets you out and about.

Thank LeosTravels
Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Lake Merritt is the gem of the Oakland urban community. The lake is a tidal lagoon with a 3.4 mile heart shaped perimeter and can arguably be called the heart of the city. Lake Merritt is a refuge for all Oaklanders and visitors alike. It is the home of Children's Fairyland, the Oakland East Bay Garden Center, the Oakland Lawn... More 

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