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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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  • Guys, this place has an importance to the residents of Oakland. In this pond, practice exercise, picnic, date, relax ... It's a great place and very frequented by residents of Oakland. It seems to us, cariocas, a type of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas for them. Worth the ride.
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  • I was so happy to find this lake right in the middle of the city. It is simply beautiful. The trail around the lake is about 3.2 miles and very good. The birds' diversity is good. I stumbled upon a ca...  more »
  • Had 3 hours lunch on jury duty day to kill so I went for a walk around the lake. That took me 1 hour walking a leisure stroll. Most parts were paved though I did see a couple short-cuts that were well...  more »

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