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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 trip builder site to arrange your visit to Lake Merritt and other attractions in Oakland.
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  • We very much enjoyed the lakeside, the drum circle and the families picnicking around the lake. Water birds seemed healthy and the water was relatively clear. Park is well used and surrounded by shops...  more »
  • Beautiful green oasis in the middle of the city. Ideal for relaxing, walking, people-watching, or to play sports.
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  • nice little area to walk around the lake and take pictures of the city . its close to everything like the museum and stores and restaurants  more »

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