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Lake Merritt

Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
510 238 7275
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Ranked #5 of 55 Attractions in Oakland
Type: Bodies of Water
Description: Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

i Love to go here as many from here do to walk, run, exercise, and of course meet others it is a place to enjoy our great city and the largest bird sanctuary as well.. so much goes on here boating and boat rentals.. Love it photo opps all over the place sunset, sunrise, holidays, people in all sorts of... More

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

One of the main attractions on the shore of Lake Merritt is the botanical gardens, a wonder of exotic species as well as an exception bonsai garden. There is no fee to enter the garden, but there is a parking fee of $2 for the nearby area.

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Menifee
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51 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We walked halfway around the lake near the playground and by the "bird refuge" cage, which was empty. The manmade islands in the lake were overgrown and unkempt. The sidewalks are broken and cracked, the lake itself smells bad and is brackish. There were quite a few people walking and jogging around the lake, but there is no way I... More

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Oakland, California
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Awesome to take a stroll/jog around the lake, you can also picnic in the green area around the lake. There is Children's Fairyland very close to the lake, and the farmers market every Saturday on Grand - so just buy food from the farmers market and enjoy at the lake waterfront! At night, the lake is all lit up and... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Having attended a wedding at the Camron-Stanford house the day before, we rented kayaks at the Lake Merritt Boating center and spent a pleasant hour circling the lake and getting a view of the wedding venue from the water.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We loved the beauty and peacefulness of a Lake in the middle of the city, especially beautiful at night, all lit up

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South Pasadena, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Scary ! Drug infested hotel and area. Drug needles in hallway. Dirty rooms. High turnover on staff. Give your room away even if prepaid and double-confirmed!! Trip Advisory, take note!

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Albany, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

If you are in Oakland and want to get outside, take the 3.4 mile walk around Lake Merritt. Canadian Geese are everywhere!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The efforts by conservationists to save Lake Merritt have been rewarded with recent sightings of a river otter and a stingray exploring the lake. The path around the lake is an excellent way to clear the mind and gain a perspective of the urban life of downtown Oakland.

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This lakes just needs to be 'embraces' by a walk around . less than one hour .. jogging people, playing children with their family, young people 'hanging out' with some food ..

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