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Address: Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone Number: +1 510-238-7275
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Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.

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Great Place for Bird Watching and Hanging Out

On the weekend you can find people having picnics, playing instruments or salsa dancing. In the early morning between 5 and 8 there are at least 200 people walking or running... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

On the weekend you can find people having picnics, playing instruments or salsa dancing. In the early morning between 5 and 8 there are at least 200 people walking or running around the lake. The weather is almost always good. On the north side you can explore the Lakeshore shopping center

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San Francisco, Ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lake Merritt has a 3 mile path around the perimeter. Lovely trees, arches, grassy areas where people picnic. A great place to take your daily walk

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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best things about living in the east bay.....lake merritt. I always feel so tranquil here. Such a diverse crowd that reminds you how we are all welcome. You can come with friends or alone and it's always great.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We joined a very knowledgeable Oakland Parks and Rec naturalist for an hour long walk along the shore of the lake to identify some of the various fall migratory birds in residence. If there is a "walk" available, we recommend taking it.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lake Merritt is nice for bicycling, walking, walking dogs or running around, provides exercise, scenery, wildlife, people watching. Shopping, eateries, public library, rotary nature center, boating are nearby.

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NYC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This lake is the quintessential urban running/walking experience. The distance around the perimeter is perfect for either beginner's routine or laps for a more seasoned person. The environment is always interesting and varies from side to side. It is highly recommended for a run, a walk, or any other type of leisure activity that gets you out and about.

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lake Merritt is the gem of the Oakland urban community. The lake is a tidal lagoon with a 3.4 mile heart shaped perimeter and can arguably be called the heart of the city. Lake Merritt is a refuge for all Oaklanders and visitors alike. It is the home of Children's Fairyland, the Oakland East Bay Garden Center, the Oakland Lawn... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A rare jewel in a small city of Oakland where you can find sword range of excellent restaurant and Bar. Around the lake you will see people coming out for a walk or run after work or family hanging out. Come and visit.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lake Merritt is an amazing thing to have right in the middle of a metropolitan area like Oakland. We are so fortunate to have a beautiful and serene place to stroll, run, hike, bicycle or even just sit. Especially in the days to come (post 2016 election), it will provide a much needed respite to our daily stresses.

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Oakland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a jewel in Oakland. Many people just enjoying the outdoors and walking, running, biking around the lake. On Saturday's there is a terrific farmer's market. Get yourself some lunch.

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