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Lake Merritt

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Address: Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone Number: 510 238 7275
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Description: Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.

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Nice park, centrally located, but often crowded

The other reviewers are correct about the nice walk around the Lake. It's near downtown, which is great if you want to stop at a nearby restaurant for coffee or a slice of pizza... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The other reviewers are correct about the nice walk around the Lake. It's near downtown, which is great if you want to stop at a nearby restaurant for coffee or a slice of pizza. It's not so great in that the park can get pretty crowded because it's so central to downtown. It kind of gives it an outdoor party... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is a perfect place for picnics, running,chillin' and just for walks with friends and family. It's surrounded by lights in the evenings.A must when in Oakland.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

How lucky are the residents of Oakland to have Lake Merritt? And how much luckier that the City fathers and mothers and the voting citizens have provided the resources to build a great system of trails and Lake-related amenities next to it? The thousands of Oaklanders who walk or run around the Lake every day provide the answer to my... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This park requires an entrance fee and did not have a map. We realized-too late- that it was a one way drive. Would have planned that better if I knew there was not a turn around or go back available. Bird area needs some attention-desperately.

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Oakland, California
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Lake Merritt is a wonderful place for a walk or jog. It is almost exactly 3 miles around. The City has done a good job of fixing the access around the Lake, especially on the estuary end. A few new businesses have also moved in, giving the area an up-and-coming feel. You do have to watch for the goose poop... More 

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Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Lake Merritt is called the "Jewel of Oakland" - a beautiful urban lake. A walk around it takes about an hour. It's 3.3 miles on flat paved walkways. It's fun to see the birds and fish in the lake. Plus there are parks, statues, and playgrounds. At night, it's lit up with lights, but I'd recommend keeping your walks to... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Delightful views, delightful ambience, a great oasis in the city. Save time for a stroll here during your next visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Lake Merritt is the "jewel of Oakland." I think it is called that because it is in the center of the city, is surrounded by its most diverse community, and is a restful, even when busy, spot to walk, picnic, play games and enjoy some of its resources. These include the oldest bird sanctuary in North America with a plethora... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Great 3+ mile walk around the lake. Great birds, playgrounds, and interesting people. Always enjoy walking there-----poor Oakland needs more rain!

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Oakland, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Lake Merritt is supposed to be the "Jewel of Oakland". The Lake and it's surrounding park have potential, but sadly, the park is poorly maintained. The garbage cans overflow with debris. The geese have rendered to lawns unsuitable for picnicking as their guano coats the lawns and walking paths. Garbage is regularly dumped into the Lake. The whole place is... More 

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Address: Address: Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone Number: 510 238 7275
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland

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