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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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  • Recent renovations around Lake Merritt have made it even more pleasant to enjoy whether walking, running or riding a bike.. On the weekends so happy to see so many people enjoying the outdoors picnici...  more »
  • peaceful and interesting mix of ethnicity. Flowers everywhere, apartments overlooking this spot of a bright lake. Oakland has worked hard to eliminate odors and insects from the neighborhood and has a...  more »
  • Paid $2 to park in a lot full of people in their cars with thumping music and saggy pants. It felt unsafe and the place looks unkept. We walked for a few minutes and left after walking over holes in t...  more »