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“Lovely lake and bird sanctuary”
Review of Lake Merritt

Lake Merritt
Ranked #6 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 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.

Thank Debra A
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Reviewed April 20, 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

Thank luv2gooften
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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.

1  Thank COSEQ
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

After strolling through urban Oakland, coming out upon Lake Merritt is like walking into another world--fresh air, light, serene. It's like walking into a definition of beauty. For us (family, all ages, including young children) it was walking distance from downtown Marriott Hotel, where we were staying.

1  Thank Robert S
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

We had a fun time riding bikes around Lake Merritt. Great views and colorful people watching all the way. Great for a stroll, too. The path has been here so long that there are no guard rails. Beautiful strings of light at night that look like pearls.

Thank M J B
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