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Lake Merritt, Oakland

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 550+ 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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  • Lake Merritt is an urban park experience, lots of people, lots of green space. Great place for a job or a simple walk by yourself or with a friend. Nice views. Some good picnic spots. It's one of Oakl...  read more »
  • This Lake is a gem, but seems completely unknown to tourists in a hurry. This may be due to the once sulfurous reputation of the city, which had one of the highest crime rates in the region, but everything seems changing at high speed, and cannot emphasize how visiting the city is easy at the start of San Francisco. A little boldness is sometimes rewarding. On the Lake, you will find many relaxing places, magnificent points of view where do photographs of high quality, and, at this stage, only a few joggers may interrupt the tranquility of the market. The aquatic world seems barely troubled by the urban environment. On the other hand, pay attention to children or pets on a leash: there is no protection whatsoever between the trail and the water.
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  • A great place to take a nice walk or run or have a picnic. It's a 3 mile loop and you get to see some interesting birds live in this refuge 
  • like cool i guess, whatever
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