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“The Crown Jewel Of The East Bay”
Review of Lake Merritt

Lake Merritt
Ranked #3 of 120 things to do in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.
Oakland, CA
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88 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“The Crown Jewel Of The East Bay”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

Lake Merritt is a beautiful lake in the middle of Oakland that is used and admired by joggers, and walkers alike. The lake is home to several bird refuges, a boating facility, and world class views. Lake Merritt has just undergone a major renovation in 2013.

Visited September 2013
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Orangevale, California, United States
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9 reviews
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“Beautiful area”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

The Lake Merritt area is a must see,it is gorgeous and well laid out.You can take long walks around the beautiful lake or boat.Lots of things to see around that area.There's Chinatown ,the wonderful Oakland Museum.And ther is good public transportation close by...buses and Bart.

Visited August 2013
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Thousand Oaks, California
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31 reviews
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“Lovely area to picnic”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

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

Visited August 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“wonderful city walk”
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.

Visited August 2013
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New York
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“Beautiful oasis in the middle of a small city”
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.

Visited August 2013
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