We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Lake Merritt

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone Number:
+1 510-238-7275
Website
Description:

Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 672 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 365
    Excellent
  • 216
    Very good
  • 51
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Enjoyed a leisurely walk by the Lake prior to going to the airport.

Definitely a must see part of Oakland. Enjoy a walk by the lake anytime. It was very safe with many families enjoying themselves.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Gerald H
,
Sao Paulo, SP
Add Photo Write a Review

672 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 643: English reviews
Sao Paulo, SP
Level Contributor
19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Definitely a must see part of Oakland. Enjoy a walk by the lake anytime. It was very safe with many families enjoying themselves.

Helpful?
Thank Gerald H
Lake Tahoe, United States
Level Contributor
28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A winding 3 or so mile walk around a lake and oldest estuary restoration! Perfect to walk around and burn off dinner or lay out on a Saturday afternoon and people watch. Big open sky with city and nature views. Great little bonsai garden within.

Helpful?
Thank Adam H
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great to walk or stroll. Beautiful sunrise to sunset. Fun for all ages. Fairyland and playgrounds for children. Lake Chalet restaurant and the gondola for adults.

Helpful?
Thank Karlya S
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lake Merritt is a fabulous destination for a stroll any day of the week. It's easily accessible from downtown, Bart, and all freeways that go through Oakland. Lakeside Park, Children's Fairyland, and the Bonsai Garden are all located around the lake and are great places for family & friends, couple time, or just by yourself. Conveniently located near the Grand... More 

Helpful?
Thank Nancy B
Oakland, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lake Merritt is a great place to take a walk around and enjoy seeing people from all walks of life. You might see people sitting enjoying a picnic or you might see a band playing and singing. I was skating around the lake one day with my brother and saw a duck on a leach and wearing a diaper I... More 

Helpful?
Thank Sheree G
Oakland, California
Level Contributor
26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great 4 mile walk around, Oakland auditorium and museum, Scottish rite temple, great food, ducks, snake charmers

Helpful?
Thank Spreck R
Oakland, California
Level Contributor
273 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lake Merritt is great for people watching and jogging, walking, biking or outdoor exercise of any type. Great way to enjoy Oakland.

Helpful?
Thank Travelingbear1000
Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love to sit at the lake for lunch midweek and watch the birds. This beloved park is loved by the local residents for a morning or afternoon run or walk, evening it has the string of pearls lights around the lake. Great restaurants surrounding the lake at intervals, it even has Japanese gardens. I love going here for a... More 

Helpful?
Thank Sharon L
Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good place to take a walk or jog. The view there are nice. Relaxing area but be aware of homeless. They camped out under the bridge.

Helpful?
Thank 91travellers
Juneau
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is no doubt the view is the best in Oakland. The food was mediocre at best but the service was great. The deviled eggs were okay but not as flavorful as I would have hoped. The chicken wings were fabulous though

Helpful?
Thank Kilo_Mike71

Travellers who viewed Lake Merritt also viewed

 

Been to Lake Merritt? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Lake Merritt and other visitors
7 questions
Ask a question
over a year ago
over a year ago
Toronto, Canada
Merrillville, Indiana

See all questions (7)

Questions? Get answers from Lake Merritt staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?