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Lake Merritt

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Address: Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
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+1 510-238-7275
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Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.

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Nice place to chill

This is a nice lake with a great pathway to walk around. There are always lots of people walking their dogs, jogging, having picnics & hanging out. Great place to people watch... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
M G
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a nice lake with a great pathway to walk around. There are always lots of people walking their dogs, jogging, having picnics & hanging out. Great place to people watch & enjoy a very chill vibe with no bad attitudes. The pedestrian channel bridge area by E.12th street has recently been improved & is very nice. There is... More 

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Livermore, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lake Merritt is a gem in the middle of a typical city. Best way is to arrive by Bart and avoid the chore of parking. The lake is big enough for boating and small enough to walk around in less than an hour. You can stop to watch the kids at Fairy Land, rent a peddle boat or go for... More 

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Thank Nancy B
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I lived in Oakland for 3 years a decade back and loved Lake Merritt then and still love it now. It is getting some upgrades and still maintain the charm. At night my wife wouldn't be happy to walk around it like I was...and that may be wise. On a sunny day it is a delightful location with nice places... More 

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Thank Bill S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For health reasons I walk 31/2 miles around Lake Merritt 3-5 times per week. It's safe, scenic and very affordable; in fact it's free!

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Thank Stan M
New Paltz, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lake Merritt's restaurant has great choices on its menu including fish, meat, and vegetarian meals, as well as gluten free items. The food is good and you can see the lake across the street from every table. If you have a window table (and there are many) you will likely see a variety of birds including swans at the lake.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Is the City of Oakland dosing the geese with tranquilizers? I have never seen such well behaved geese

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Thank hay2oak
Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hardest review to write because Lake Merritt is quite possibly the best kept secret in the San Francisco Bay Area. Why? Well, as they say in the RE game, location location location, and more than that, space! With a perimeter exceeding 3 and a half miles, LM is the most spacious urban lake around. It has the luck to be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lake Merritt has come a long way. With new pathways its a great place to walk and run. I have lived in the area for 12 years and can honestly say its a nice place to visit

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Thank Ashish C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to run, walk or just admire! There is always entertainment going on at the lake, inspiring people, and Nature - right in the middle of Oakland! Fairyland is there for the young children, farmers market on the weekends, shops nearby. Great Lake!

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lake is a great place to hang out on a beautiful day, get some sunshine and cardio. If you're feeling daring hit the "infamous stairs". Bird-watch or just hang with friends, just don't mind the fitness crazed folks all around.

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