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Lake Merritt, Oakland

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Ride a gondola on the only fresh and saltwater lake in the middle of the city when you visit Lake Merritt. This 62 hectare (155 acre) tidal lagoon provides the centerpiece for joggers and walkers as well as those who want to rent a kayak, sailboat, canoe, or rowboat to take out on the water. You'll also discover a nearby garden and children's amusement park here. Explore the nature center and learn about artificial islands that serve as bird refuges on the lake and the birds that flock there. You'll find bars and restaurants nearby. Check the website for live music concerts or other events that are often held on the shores of the lake. Use our Oakland itinerary maker to add Lake Merritt and other attractions to your Oakland vacation plans.
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TripAdvisor
  • 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. 
  • 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...  more »
  • 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 resta...  more »
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  • like cool i guess, whatever