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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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jewel of Oakland

Perfect flat 3 mile walk around the lake. Lots of people around, a great community space. It's a bird sanctuary with fresh air and sunshine. There are inexpensive kayak, paddle... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Perfect flat 3 mile walk around the lake. Lots of people around, a great community space. It's a bird sanctuary with fresh air and sunshine. There are inexpensive kayak, paddle and sail boat rentals.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The lake is very near Oakland downtown. After the renovation few years ago, it's much nicer, now. On weekend, it's full of people. On the north-east side, there is a nice garden hiding in the park. On the east side near Hwy 580, there is always some music activity on weekend afternoon. The trail around the lake is about 3.5... More 

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Thank Charles C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is especially beautiful at night because of the "necklace of lights"that completely encircles it.During the day it is a safe place to jog and quite flat. There is a huge variety of affordable restaurants surrounding the lake. In going around the lake you experience the great diversity of Oakland,CA

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San Francisoco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wish they would clean the edges a bit. Overall a nice 3 mile round trip around the lake, feels safe and comfortable, some unsavory characters on the periphery.

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Rockford, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I live right on the lake, so I experience it every day, and I love it! Its an easy 3 mile walk around the lake's circumference with great people and bird watching, not to mention the proximity to some great restaurants, shops and the farmers market to boot

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lake Merritt is a very pleasant area to visit and enjoy the ambience. For December 26th, the runners and walkers were out in full force along with the assorted varieties of birds - ducks, seagulls, geese, etc. It it hadn't been so chilly, we would have walked for a longer time but we gave it at least 30 minutes before... More 

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Thank Stephen F
Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This lake is an amazing place to get a nice 3.3 mile walk in close to home. There is an abundance of bird life, and a great city skyline. This is a great place for sunset/sunrise or wildlife photography.

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Oakland, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

I've lived around lake merritt for 15 years and it NEVER ceases to enchant. whether it is the gardens at lake merritt, the oakland lawn bowling club, fairyland or just walking the 3 mile perimeter, it is so relaxing. i've seen stingrays, striped bass, flounder, jellyfish, and much, much more. oh and the birds! so many wonderful migratory birds in... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

On the weekend you can find people having picnics, playing instruments or salsa dancing. In the early morning between 5 and 8 there are at least 200 people walking or running around the lake. The weather is almost always good. On the north side you can explore the Lakeshore shopping center

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San Francisco, Ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Lake Merritt has a 3 mile path around the perimeter. Lovely trees, arches, grassy areas where people picnic. A great place to take your daily walk

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