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Lake Merritt, Oakland
(4.4/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Whether you go on a brisk morning walk or take an end-of-day stroll in the evening, you'll find Lake Merritt refreshing and relaxing at the same time. At times (late morning and early evening, weekend...  more »
  • Very nice large park with nice walking trails, Asian garden, at least one moderately sized playground, bird sanctuary, many trees, close by to farmers market, gathering areas. 
  • This is our central park. There are events and walkers.... Sitters and people watchers. Pretty much perfect for walking off a meal from all the nearby dining. 
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  • like cool i guess, whatever