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“Excellent Place to Walk”
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 April 16, 2014

A walk around Lake Merritt is likely to encounter droves of others enjoying the lake front excecise but the good news is everyone is moving at different pace so the people scenery keeps changing. While an inner city park, there is plenty of grass and trees and places to stop and enjoy the view. People who work downtown consider this a real benefit. Excellent access to various eateries, the museum and other attractions.

Thank Michael G
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

The best walk in the city, a beautiful location. Look to the hills behind the Lake, and you see Europe.

Thank Dick M
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

Lake Merritt is a gem in the heart of Oakland. A newly constructed bridge on the south end makes walking/jogging much safer (away from traffic). I believe a complete circuit around the outer perimeter of the lake is approx 3.1 miles, perfect for a 5k. The lake also offers bird-watching, a playground, a nature center, a Japanese garden, lawn bowling, and boating! I last took my kids a couple of weekends ago. With the drought, it's not looking so pretty right now but still a great place to enjoy the outdoors!

Thank ReesesPieces4ever
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

Lake Merritt is a beautiful place to take a walk or jog right in the middle of Oakland. There are new paths that offer a place for a leisurely walk or faster paced walk. The distance is a little over 3 miles and is pretty flat. There is metered parking and lots of free parking if you drive around the lake. Take the inner loop and be sure to visit the bonsai garden which is free and very worth the side trip. Perfect for families, individuals and couples of all ages.

Thank ChaChaOakland_Ca
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

Save your walking for the oakland hills or mountain view cemetery. Lake Merritt is dirty (garbage, dog poop, goose poop) and nt safe, even in the daylight. Jerks on bikes cycle by and swipe, phones, purses and cell phones in a nano second.

Thank Terry799
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