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Lake Merritt

Address: Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone Number: 510 238 7275
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Ranked #5 of 48 Attractions in Oakland
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Owner description: Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Owner description: Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Beautiful place to visit,I was just driving around and happened to see it and stopped in.Nothing to say bad about Lake Merritt.

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Oakland, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Lake Merritt is the place to go for a leisurely stroll or bike ride. Paths and sidewalks are well maintained after a recent overhaul of the entire park. You will encounter dedicated joggers, nannies and parents pushing strollers, even music and tight rope walkers on weekends. Enjoy the necklace of lights in the early morning and at dusk and fabulous... More 

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Lake Merritt is a gas. Great birding, improved paths and it's right in the middle of our fair city. It's a great place for clockwise biking too, no cross streets. Almost.

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NEW YORK
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7 reviews 7 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Lake Merritt is an area truly coming into its own. Once a hangout for derelicts and a polluted dumping ground, the lake, which spans about 3.5 miles is now a great place to exercise, picnic, bird watch and most of all, people watch. Depending on time of day you will encounter middle aged power walkers, seniors doing Tai Chi, fit,... More 

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Lausanne
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I used to live close by this lake. Very nice place to enjoy in sunny days! It's very close to downtown Oakland and you can find good restaurants around this area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

Full of life, the best of Oakland.Do not miss this beautiful natural resource. Check out the gardens, rent a paddle boat for a unique view of the lake. lots of cute shops in the area, great places to eat. Make a day of it!

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Lafayette, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

My daughter, her sons -my grandchildren-and I often stroll around Lake Merritt. It is a great chance to talk, let the children run or bicycle while we burn some calories. The children like to feed the Canadian geese pieces of bread. It is a walk well used by runners and hikers with or without their dogs. There are birds and... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Lake Merritt lots activities! Named for Samuel Merritt, a mayor here in Oakland way way way back when! People walk or jog laps! There are the Canada geese, little herons, coots, gulls! Many people think Canada geese are vicious, for most part they do leave people alone Ah yes, the occasional squirrel! Sometimes there are bands or other performers here!... More 

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East Bay, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Lake Merritt is a great place to walk, run, have a little picnic, barbeque, get a little boat, or hang out and people watch. Great restaurants nearby. Lots of amazing people in Oakland.

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San Diego CA
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29 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

A beautiful place for lunch or brunch. Right on the shore of Lake Merritt - you can eat on an outside deck, right on the water. Food was fine, but the waitstaff seemed somewhat disorganized and careless. Long wait for a reserved table, pretty erratic service. It's a shame, because the food was excellent and the setting is uniquely beautiful.

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