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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
  • On a sunny day, Lake Merritt is absolutely beautiful and even on a non sunny day it can be an extremely pleasant way to spend a morning or afternoon. Lake Merritt is not an actual lake but rather a la...  more »
  • This is a lovely place to get lost in your own thoughts and simply walk around the lake with the sun shining on you, the mountains in the distance. Bring a picnic lunch or a book and relax, people wat...  more »
  • It was a good hike for a good sunny day. I really enjoyed the same. Very nice walk after the great rainy season.  more »
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