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“Lovely area to picnic”
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 September 1, 2013

Beautiful view of Oakland and lake. Nice place to walk and picnic. Loved visiting the ducks and the geese.

1  Thank denise w
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

perfect walk on a perfectly sunny day............great time and easy 3 miles. late August the algae has been baking in the sun and the water is low, which creates some normal smells, but nothing odd. Men's room at the boat rental facility was "gross" in my husbands words.....I wasn't about to try the women's room. We did spot another restroom at the free museum, farther along the path - maybe that one is better. Great bird/pelican/goose/duck watching - we had a great time.

1  Thank clpullen
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

If you're in Oakland, take the time to walk, run, or bike around Lake Merritt. The view is beautiful and calming. It is very clean and not overcrowded. It was one of the best runs I've ever done. The perimeter of the lake is just over 3 miles. It's also a great place to sit on a bench and people watch.

1  Thank vix814
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

This is the best place to walk or run in downtown Oakland. There is also a bird sanctuary in the lake and good restaurants by and near the lake. Canoes and other boats are available if one wants to be on the lake and Fairyland is a few feet from Lake Merritt. Overall, Lake Merritt and the nearby area has a lot to offer, especially since it is in the inner city.

Thank wowistar
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

What a jewel in the center of Oakland! The gondola rides should not be missed. I did it on a balmy evening and it was wonderful! The gondolier even sang. It's about a mile to walk around.

Thank Amy B
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