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Lake Merritt

Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
510 238 7275
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Ranked #6 of 56 Attractions in Oakland
Type: Bodies of Water
Description: Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.
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Oakland, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Put on your walking shoes for this trip! For me, the best time to walk is early morning--less crowded so I can enjoy the quiet of the morning and the beauty of the season changes--during Spring and Fall---the colors...!!!

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed walking around this lovely lake area which had a very nice playground and nature center. Glad we stopped and took advantage of the peacefulness.

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San Francisco, California
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112 reviews 112 reviews
46 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Lake Merritt is beautiful! Whether you're there to go for a run, a stroll, or even just kickback with a blanket and picnic under a tree it's a great place to spend your spare time. Especially during nice warm days, the sun glistens onto the lake and the site is absolutely beautiful.

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Lake Merritt in Oakland is like an oasis in the desert...literally. It is an attractive tidal estuary I think it ' s called where water birds tend to migrate and co exist with the natives. It's surrounded by high priced real estate,cultural entities and the like. However don't be so sure about Lake Merritt. Be aware that 20 or so... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

The public gardens at lake Merritt are clean and beautiful and free to the public. They offer a chance to learn about many of the plants through well placed placards and labels. There are many places to sit and people watch as well as picnic or simply lay on the grass.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Great place to meet locals & just partake of the local community. There was music, dancing, food, kids - just a great overall vibe.

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Racine, Wisconsin, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My mother had explained to me that the end fighting scene in "The Incredibles" was modeled after Lake Merritt. She was not lying. I could see each building they used and the lake was just the same- given a few decades apart. It was awesome to see that attraction.

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Oakland, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My favorite place for walking, either with friends or by myself. The botanical gardens are beautiful and free. Little museums and activity centers for children are located all throughout the park. Children's Fairyland is right by the lake. So is the public library and the courthouse and a historical house museum. Many places to rent for weddings and such. And... More

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Oakland, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I have lived by the lake for a number of years and have enjoyed the transition to a beautiful green and lush area. The plants are finally established and add the atmosphere of relaxation and tranquility. My only issue is with the massive amount of geese that sometime leave their droppings in an otherwise clean environment. I still love to... More

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Citrus Heights, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A nice place to drive around and visit...it is a treasure in Oakland that is often not mentioned when talking about the city.

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