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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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  • Great to walk or stroll. Beautiful sunrise to sunset. Fun for all ages. Fairyland and playgrounds for children. Lake Chalet restaurant and the gondola for adults.  more »
  • Lake Merritt is a fabulous destination for a stroll any day of the week. It's easily accessible from downtown, Bart, and all freeways that go through Oakland. Lakeside Park, Children's Fairyland, and ...  more »
  • Lake Merritt is a great place to take a walk around and enjoy seeing people from all walks of life. You might see people sitting enjoying a picnic or you might see a band playing and singing. I was sk...  more »