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Lake Merritt

Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
510 238 7275
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Ranked #5 of 47 attractions in Oakland
Type: Bodies of Water
Description: Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.
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Vacaville, California, Usa
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

A walk around Lake Merritt is likely to encounter droves of others enjoying the lake front excecise but the good news is everyone is moving at different pace so the people scenery keeps changing. While an inner city park, there is plenty of grass and trees and places to stop and enjoy the view. People who work downtown consider this... More

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Oakland, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The best walk in the city, a beautiful location. Look to the hills behind the Lake, and you see Europe.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Lake Merritt is a gem in the heart of Oakland. A newly constructed bridge on the south end makes walking/jogging much safer (away from traffic). I believe a complete circuit around the outer perimeter of the lake is approx 3.1 miles, perfect for a 5k. The lake also offers bird-watching, a playground, a nature center, a Japanese garden, lawn bowling,... More

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Oakland, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Lake Merritt is a beautiful place to take a walk or jog right in the middle of Oakland. There are new paths that offer a place for a leisurely walk or faster paced walk. The distance is a little over 3 miles and is pretty flat. There is metered parking and lots of free parking if you drive around the... More

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Oakland, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Save your walking for the oakland hills or mountain view cemetery. Lake Merritt is dirty (garbage, dog poop, goose poop) and nt safe, even in the daylight. Jerks on bikes cycle by and swipe, phones, purses and cell phones in a nano second.

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California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Plan to walk around...about three miles. Birds, Catholic cathedral, relaxing spaces, and possibly the Lake Chalet restaurant are all options to visit, as you stroll around this urban oasis.

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Oakland, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great for walks, run , play soccer or simply hang out. Plenty of restaurants and bars around. Also near downtown.

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Atlanta, Ga
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58 reviews 58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

About 3 miles if you walk around the lake it is a great urban park. It looks safe in the daytime usually with a lot of people taking advantage of this local attraction.

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Vancouver
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Safe to walk run around the lake. Great views of the city and Oakland hills. Necklace of lights have old-fahioned charm. Lake chalet perfect spot for warm weather drinks. It's sad so few people visit Oakland. New bars and restaurants are sprouting up downtown and Lakeshore Drive.

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Oakland CA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

A great places for walking, watching, breathing, and taking the air with a wide variety of Oaklanders, visitors, court Judged, lawyers, cops , felons and falsely accused felons: the whole wonderful mix of the Bay Area all walking with you, This is it the door to the Oakland Experience,. Near the Cathedral of Jesus the Light, Oakland Catholic Cathedral that... More

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