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Lake Merritt

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Address: Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone Number: 510 238 7275

Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.

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take a walk around the lake

great place for walkers and picnic goers. plenty or restaurants on Grand right next to the Lake too.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Oakland, California
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Evanston, IL
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A welcome spot in Oakland for a pleasant walk around the lake. The water however would be nicer if cleaner. The geese would be greater without all the dropings.

Thank Farenzy
Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

great place for walkers and picnic goers. plenty or restaurants on Grand right next to the Lake too.

Thank BobCaTSB
Piedmont CAlifornia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

While in Oakland, very nice place for a long walk but not worth trip from San Francisco, recently renovated Can rent boats good restaurants nesrby

Thank SabaTata11
Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The best place to just take a brisk walk and enjoy the scenery! People watch, nature, boats and beautiful sunsets. Landscapes are so stunning each day brings a new perspective.

Thank vista79
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There is a three mile path around the lake for walking, running and strolling with kids. There is a wonderful restaurant in the former boat house and lots of great views from everywhere.

Thank Pomegran2016
Oakland, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is the hearth of Oakland. I enjoy Walking it, and just hanging out in the different green areas. Some people row, or kayak. I personally enjoy it while staying dry. At night it might be a bit sketchy in some areas, but what other places are not? You can snap some beautiful pictures with the light reflections from the... More 

Thank Roney M
New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is a must see. It's very beautiful and the trial is awesome. I love it. There is also a place near by where you can rent boats. It is worth the visit.

Thank danity50
Oakland, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lake Merritt is an urban park experience, lots of people, lots of green space. Great place for a job or a simple walk by yourself or with a friend. Nice views. Some good picnic spots. It's one of Oakland's most-valued spots. Take a look.

Thank Thomas V
Cancun, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to take a nice walk or run or have a picnic. It's a 3 mile loop and you get to see some interesting birds live in this refuge

Thank Nancy C
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Within the heart of Oakland and a short walk from the Oakland Museum and municipal buildings is this boating, birding, and walking area. The day we visit dragon boat races were occurring on the waters to celebrate the mid-Autumn festival. Thus, there was a large food/fair area at one side. However, this didn't deter my personal birding, the bird count... More 

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