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“The "new" Lake is simply beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Lake Merritt

Lake Merritt
Ranked #3 of 119 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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53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The "new" Lake is simply beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

Over the last several years, the renovation work around Lake Merritt has produced an incredible urban space. Walking around the lake is delightful with the beautiful landscaping and the waterfowl everywhere. The new pedestrian bridge is also a visual treat as is the community garden. If you have not walked around the lake recently, you are missing a great experience.

Visited September 2013
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La Crescenta, California
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“Beautiful spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

Nice place to walk, watch the geese, enjoy shopping and restaurants with nice views of downtown. If you decide to walk all the way around, be aware it will take awhile as it's about three and a half miles. We enjoyed watching the dragon boat races and the sunset.

Visited October 2013
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“Perfect spot to walk/run”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

I stayed just near Lake Merritt for three nights and the lake was beautiful in the summer.

A nice place to go sit and relax or go for a run around the tracks. There's lots of places to eat nearby and the scenery is just lovely.

Visited August 2013
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Linden, Michigan
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69 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Best Urban Lake in a Major City”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

My husband and I stayed along Lake Merritt for 2 weeks and enjoyed daily an incredible view of the lake. The lake has a 3 mile trail around the lake where you can run, walk, walk your dog, do tai chi, or just sit and enjoy all the passersby. You can also rent kayaks, canoes and even take gondola ride on the lake. There is a beautiful free Bonsai garden at the center of the park area beside the lake that is maintained totally by volunteers. It's just a real gem in the city and one to be treasured by residents and visitors alike.

Visited October 2013
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Memphis, Tennessee
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“Stroll thru the park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

I had not been to Lake Merritt in many years , but used to walk the 4.5 trail for exercise monthly when I lived in California. It was nice to see that the park has expanded and offers a few new amenities such as Food Trucks and a wildlife refuge area.. A Nice and peaceful spot to reflect and meditate

Visited November 2012
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