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Tranquil lake in the middle of downtown Oakland

Lake Merritt was created in the process of building the port of Oakland in 1870. It is an... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago

Love running around Lake Merritt my free time. Great place to go for a picnic with family and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Oakland, California
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Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Lake Merritt was created in the process of building the port of Oakland in 1870. It is an artificial “lake,” actually a “tidal lagoon” with loads of wildlife (WATCH OUT FOR THE AGGRESSIVE GEESE WHO CLAIM ITS NORTHERN SHORES). Next to the lake is “Fairyland”...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GeoffreyR456
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love running around Lake Merritt my free time. Great place to go for a picnic with family and friends. Beautiful nature.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jahanbay
Reviewed 1 week ago

The city did a great job of renovating the lake and surrounding area. It is great to walk around the lake or bicycle in the new bike lanes in the street.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tyagi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lake Merritt is almost an urban oasis with a paved path, birds, and great views. Since my last visit either the previous rainy day or the increasing number of homeless have contributed visible trash to the edges of this large lake. There are plenty of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a very picturecue lake in the center of Oakland city and quite a large one. There is a very nice paved pathway around the lake, where people can walk, jog or do cycling. Near to the lake there is also a nice children...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Padcee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We walked around here just before sunset, by the time we finished the sun had set! It's gorgeous on the whole. It feels like you walk through different zones as you wander around. Historic buildings, flowers, cafes, churches, community celebrations and BBQs (which felt a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank mjgb
Reviewed 5 November 2018

I have been to Lake Merritt many times as it is close to my son'e house. A good place to walk, picnic and just chill. There are a lot of activities including restaurants next to the lake, a fun bird aviary, a kid's fairlyland and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Jimmydur
Reviewed 2 November 2018 via mobile

If your from a cute lil town, you may be surprised by the natural setting of homeless encampments spread out, without a concern people still have soccer practice, visit fairyland, the bird sanctuary, walk or jog around lake. We did come across a needle on...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank danilla3comet
Reviewed 19 October 2018

Just like I remember when I lived in the Bay Area. This spot was a great place to hang out and catch up with friends. The late is amazing and filled with lots of activity. Love this spot.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kengi K
Reviewed 19 October 2018

Rented a verbose nearb.y and enjoyed the closeness of uncrowned nature, a nice walk around the perimeter of about a mile, the opportunity to sit at picnic tables and chat. It wa every nice break from the hustle of the city.

Date of experience: October 2018
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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