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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 weeks ago

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
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 8 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
Reviewed 4 January 2019

From the incomparable Cathedral of Christ the Light to the Oakland Museum we took the waterfront route. And gorgeous it was. Delightful vistas of the Cathedral combined with the still blue water against the sunny equally blue sky made for a wonderful walk. It was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank permia
Reviewed 28 December 2018 via mobile

The place was so nice and having great visibility secenaries was so nice which makes me so happy I love the place

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Manish2618
Reviewed 27 December 2018 via mobile

Beautiful lake to walk around, nice parks for children too. Also good farmers market on Saturday where you can get plenty of fresh produce (although not cheap!)

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Zais L
Reviewed 12 December 2018

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 10 December 2018 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
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22 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