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Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.
Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
+1 510-238-7275
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My office overlooks Lake Merritt and everyday I see it’s beauty and it’s grace. This is not to be missed or forgotten whether you are just visiting or a resident. We often go to The Chalet on the Lake to celebrate Easter or Christmas. They...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Vishishtaom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lake is good liking at night and on a bright day. I've walked and run laps and enjoyed the flat path and interesting locals. If you are new to the area there are great staircases and neighbourhoods to walk around near here.

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Jen-JMelb
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love to walk ther with lots of birds and scenery. Lots of folks walking,strolling and running. Great location in the middle of Oakland. Beautiful lake with necklace of lights but I would not walk it after dark, there are less people around and the homeless...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank 575sealion
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Its okish place to hangout in silence. Not much touristy stuff to do. More of a place locals go to on weekend.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank avecdce
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Locals tell me this is the best place to take a walk in Oakland. Indeed, it looked beautiful. However, it was a windy and rainy day, so we did not venture out to do that. Maybe another day.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank margaretc007
Reviewed 6 February 2019

The long-standing joke for Oakland was that the city's 49-mile drive was many times around Lake Merritt. Cute. But the Lake is truly beautiful and a gem. Love to walk around it with many others. It's always a celebration of the multi-cultural community here, as...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 22 January 2019

Visited at noon and at dusk...beautiful sunset. Oakland invested in wide sidewalks and water cleanup. A gem in the city to connect with nature.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank gaylem113
Reviewed 15 January 2019

I did not expect such a nice attraction in Oakland! Great for a walk around the lake - before or after a dinner at nearby downtown restaurants.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Scruz101
Reviewed 10 January 2019 via mobile

What a fun park with many fun things to do ! Such a cross section of people ... everyone enjoying each other’s company ...

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank dontfindme
Reviewed 9 January 2019

Great food and view goin summer and reservation I was there with family when I visit.. It was a busy place . Boats arrive and people would drop in for dinner and drinks. It has everything,, try it..

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Norine K
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23 May 2018|
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Response from kimberlyt701 | Reviewed this property |
I think so but do check as we have fire restrictions.
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
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