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“So Much To Offer”
Review of Lake Merritt

Lake Merritt
Ranked #4 of 127 things to do in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.
Reviewed January 8, 2013

Oakland's crown jewel, Lake Merritt has so much to offer, on the lake, around the lake and near the lake. Don't miss walking all or part of the lake. Children's Fairyland which I've been going to since I was a toddler, many years ago, is perfectly sized for those under 10 and adults who want to share a fun time with that age group. There are wonderful restaurants of every flavor surrounding the lake. You can take a gondola ride, or rent a sail or paddle boat. You can feed the ducks, or take a peak at the mini science museum. There are historical buildings to tour on and near the lake. Don't miss the Oakland Museum, the Classic Grand Lake Theater, the art deco court house, the Cameron Stanford House, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass Mosaics at the Lake Merritt United Methodist Church (lakemerrittumc.org) - an insiders tip!

Thank MarcyMarkOakland
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Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

Haven't walked around the lake, just a portion of it so there aren't a lot of sights to take in. Good restaurants, but it is a walk from the Bart station. There are colorful people, but you can see a definite change in Oakland.

Thank isletripper
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

Lake Merritt is a great relaxing out take of Oakland. There is a nice paved trail that goes all around the lake. There are plenty on benches to sit and relax and enjoy the view.

Thank e_hope75
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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!

Thank Janis A
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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.

Thank NerdyTravelGirl
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