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The revitalization of Oakland had been impressive, and it can be seen clearly in Lake Merritt. I... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mike K
Phoenix, Arizona
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A nice place for a walk or to relax.

We walked around the lake - it is said to be 3.4 miles around. It is an urban lake and somewhat... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Dunlap, California
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Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The revitalization of Oakland had been impressive, and it can be seen clearly in Lake Merritt. I love to join the casual strollers and those serious about their exercise hiking around the lake. Architecture and landscape blend well. Vendors and purveyors are convenient. Parking is...More

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 5 days ago

We walked around the lake - it is said to be 3.4 miles around. It is an urban lake and somewhat scenic. There are many benches around the lake and boats - kayaks for rent. We were there during the week, and there were many...More

Thank beowulf1944
Reviewed 6 days ago

I love walking around Lake Merritt. It's a walking distance from from son's place. It's beautiful, considering the perfect weather for a stroll!

Thank MurthyMadness
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked around Lake Merritt with bbn our son and his fiancee. It was after dark and the entire lake was surrounded with Edison lights It was very peaceful and 5he scenery was beautiful.

Thank opensky21
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Parts of the lake are very smelly and dirty. The city needs to address this problem which has been going on at the one end for years. This should be a nice place to walk with friends or family but there is trash in areas...More

Thank Mary Gail M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice long walk. Mostly flat. Part of it is currently under construction. Nice, large, and relaxing garden on one end. Also has a large playground and a kids place called fairyland. There is a parking area that charges a fee but there is plenty of...More

Thank Andrea G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Three miles of easy walking around the lake but what a glorious three miles it is. From families to joggers, from kayakers to bikers, you will see it all here. I particularly enjoy walking here in the evening when the lights are on around the...More

1  Thank timothyy298
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All this time we have been to Oakland, I am not sure why we never stopped here. The park is clean and kept nice and there is much to see. We rented scooters and scooted all around and had a blast. Saw many friends and...More

Thank rshaneel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’m so glad I went for a run around this beautiful lake today! I wasn’t expecting it to be so nice. I loved the walking/running path around the circumstance of the lake. And loved all the geese everywhere! The whole area seemed very clean and...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Not necessarily a tourist spot..,but certainly so good for locals. A very cool lake in the city...large enough for some small dinghy sailing, rowing etc. Clean, quite clean walking path around it. Very little trash and No homeless to trip over. On warm evening it...More

1  Thank Summerasalifestyle
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23 May 2018|
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Response from Kimberly T | 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