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“Beautiful, healthy and inspirational” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Merritt

Lake Merritt
Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
510 238 7275
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Ranked #5 of 116 things to do in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.
Oakland CA
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3 reviews
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“Beautiful, healthy and inspirational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

The re-landscaped Lake Merritt offers a chance to stretch your legs on a flat and beautiful 3.2 miles surface while observing the wonderful water birds that congregate in this age old sanctuary.

Visited May 2013
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Fresno, CA
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69 reviews
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“A walk with friends”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

My daughter, her fiance, my partner and I took a walk around the lake, enjoying the fabulous Oakland weather, and the joy of being together.

Visited May 2013
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Alameda, California
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“Lovely lake and bird sanctuary”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Sparkling waters in the middle of town with marvelous view of Oakland hills. Watch the pelicans fish for dinner ,quite dramatic. Visit the lovely gardens surrounding the lake . Or rent a small boat and go for a sail. Lovely place to spend an afternoon.

Visited April 2013
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Sacramento
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“Gondola ride”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We received a gift of a sunset, moon lit gondola ride for Christmas from our kids. What the heck, we waited for good bay area weather and headed out. Real Italian gondolas, gondoliers. We had champagne, a beautiful view of Art Deco architecture and knowledgeable tour by our singing gondolier. Was tons of fun and great restaurants near by. An urban treat

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Holly Springs, North Carolina
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“Favorite place to run in Oakland.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I've run around this lake hundreds of times. Trail is just over 3 miles but can get busy on a weekend. Lots of regulars around the lake. Can get shady late night and early morning but never had an issue. I always thought Oakland should do more to make this a focus of the city....they need to figure out how to develop the area but keep the park atmosphere. Many areas of the park see little use. Strongly reccomend for those visiting to take a nice jog around the park. Just keep in mind, it's not Central Park caliber.

Visited February 2013
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