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Lake Merritt

Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
+1 510-238-7275
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Relaxing Stroll

Enjoyed the bonsai garden and a relaxing stroll around the lake but hated to see the tent cities... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
ShonaMaree
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Precious open public space

The foreshore nearest Oakland's CBD is in the process of being upgraded and it looks like it will... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
jenhorne95
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Melbourne, Australia
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Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good35%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bird sanctuary” (51 reviews)
“boat house” (20 reviews)
“paddle boats” (11 reviews)
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Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
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+1 510-238-7275
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"bird sanctuary"
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"boat house"
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"goose poop"
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"children's fairyland"
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"great place to walk"
in 26 reviews
"grand avenue"
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"people watch"
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"gondola ride"
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"bonsai garden"
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"beautiful walk"
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"an oasis"
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"nature center"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Enjoyed the bonsai garden and a relaxing stroll around the lake but hated to see the tent cities and homeless taking over the surroundings. A little bit intimidating.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The foreshore nearest Oakland's CBD is in the process of being upgraded and it looks like it will make it even nicer to walk or run around. The other side of the lake has more greenery and a parkland feel. As in so many parts...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Cool pond in the middle of Oakland but one side is being renovated so not a good views from the park looking across. From the city the lake looks inviting, At least the ducks and geese think so. Hope they clean the water too -...More

Thank Prentiss P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We strolled around the lake in the afternoon, and it was so beautiful. Plenty of people sitting around, cute dogs, and make sure you try the Taco Food Truck located near the lake!

1  Thank Malika A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had some time to kill in Oakland before our flight, so we headed to the lake for a walk. It was very nice; good, wide sidewalks, grassy hills, decent birdwatching. There were plenty of people around but we never felt crowded. A nice place...More

1  Thank Jeffrey D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A short walk from BART. The Lake provides nice view of surrounding area with a nice path allowing you to walk, bike, jog or scooter around lake. There are ample places to sit. We felt totally safe during our day visit. There appear to be...More

2  Thank philwar58
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I like the majority of things about this lake. It has walking areas including about a 3 mile trek around the entire lake. A multitude of different people make this place a magnet for forming friendships or just observing. The Lake itself, children's play area...More

Thank J L J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were expecting something more special when we drove to Merritt Lake. We were disappointed that is just was nothing special. The worst part is there is not enough available parking anywhere near the lake. We drove around the lake and the surrounds three times...More

1  Thank Kathy G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to get your morning or evening cardio. They are consistently upgrading the landscape. Fairyland have recently been renovated, a great place for kids. It’s plenty of alike people enjoying the site and exercising. Be aware of BBQ Becky if you are of color...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When visiting Oakland, do include Lake Merritt. Or, if you are a runner, I believe its about 3 miles around which is perfect. I suggest taking a walk around on a Sunday morning and then discovering a great brunch place via here or yelp. Have...More

Thank Kimberly T
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Thenry1230
23 May 2018|
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Response from Nando T | Reviewed this property |
I do not know since I never tried it.
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romawrites
1 April 2016|
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Response from Heather H | Reviewed this property |
No, unfortunately there isn't any parking lots dedicated to Lake Merritt. However, there is street parking if you get there early enough. {Paid parking on Saturdays and free on Sundays and holidays} Additionally, there are... More
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ourtrip2015toca
15 August 2015|
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Response from margaretpat | Reviewed this property |
Nor sure, maybe 10 to 20 minutes on the freeway on a good day
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