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“Pergolas and gondolas, fairylights and fairyland”
Review of Lake Merritt

Lake Merritt
Ranked #3 of 128 things to do in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.
Reviewed 26 November 2013

We often walk around Lake Merritt. It's a level, paved, three mile path. It takes about an hour, and is a lovely way to get exercise. It's even nicer now that the whole park is newly and beautifully landscaped. There's a string of lovely lights around the lake which come on at dusk. It is safe to walk at that time; there are a lot of people around.

The lake features what is perhaps the first bird refuge in the U.S. There are also lovely gardens including a bonsai garden, Children's Fairyland, boat rentals and gondola rides. (The gondolas are made in Venice. It's a lot cheaper to have a gondola ride here, believe me.)

It's fun to walk here on the weekends and see what all the people are doing: biking, skating, walking dogs, walking babies, playing music, dancing salsa, tightrope-walking, taking wedding photos...see for yourself.

Thank Janet W
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

I have walked around Lake Merritt many times. It is a wonderful place to enjoy the beautiful Bay Area climate, see some new sights, meet new people, and even get a little exercise. (While you are there, I highly recommend taking a diversion and visit the Cathedral of Christ the Light. The outside is interesting, but the inside is stunning!) There are also several lake-side restaurants that I keep promising myself I will enjoy some evening when the lake is lit up with beautiful strings of lights. Maybe next month...

Thank nederdeb
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Lake Merritt is beautiful during the day as well as night with the necklace of lights. It is also a very important bird sanctuary along the Pacific Flyway. Please refrain from feeding the birds, Canada Geese are so over fed they are not migrating, causing the ground to be toxic with their waste.

Thank Liu-Johnston
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Reviewed 25 November 2013 via mobile

A great place to find a place to sit and read or to take a walk around the Lake (can't wait for when they will open the lake back up to the Bay. Plenty of places to have lunch or sit and people watch and even shop or go to the Grand Lake Theatre for a movie.

Also there is a public library across the street from the lake and for those with children there is Fairyland (I've told this was the attraction that inspired Walt Disney's Disneyland).

I LOVE OAKLAND!!!!!

1  Thank Bumlyn
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Walking around the Lake is always a mood lifter. The lake is georgous - and the best part is the reward for walking/running the 3.8 miles (inside) or the 2.5 miles (perimeter). Check out the Lake Chalet restaurant or for amazing views and a great sunday brunch, check out the Lake Merritt Hotel. You can rent a sailboat or take a Gondola ride, as well!

1  Thank PlushandPractical
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