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“Local and low key” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Merritt

Lake Merritt
Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
510 238 7275
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Ranked #5 of 48 Attractions in Oakland
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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Owner description: Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.
Oakland, California, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Local and low key”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

This is a local area, with a farmers' market on week ends, good people watching, and at night the lights are quite picturesque. Fairyland is one of the all time best kid experiences; low tech (where Walt Disney got his idea of a theme park) & you must have a child with you to enter. Get the key ($2), for some reason it's is magical for kids!

Visited November 2012
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San Francisco, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

A great place to take a nice walk in Oakland and there are lots of places that you can grab a drink near by, find one with a view of the lake and take it all in.

Visited November 2012
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Lafayette, California
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“Water by the water”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

It's so nice to see locals enjoy what Mother Nature puts in front of them. I was there for a crew event - and wow - these women can row! But good to see my hometown of Oakland emerge as a destination for those who are trying to make a difference. Great day, great weather, fabulous venue!

Visited August 2012
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Castro Valley, California
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12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Good place for walking.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Lake Merritt is very popular with those who like to walk for exercise, but it's not really a place for family picnics.
The geese droppings are everywhere and there are not too many seats. Children's Fairyland is a fun visit for younger kids, but it's not a place you wantr to visit often.

Visited July 2012
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Oakland, California
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“Love it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Me and my husband rented a paddle boat and it was like your in anorther world outside of oakland. I love the lake

Visited August 2012
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