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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 trip builder site to arrange your visit to Lake Merritt and other attractions in Oakland.
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  • Nice ride the opportunity s away from downtown and take pictures. I recommend
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  • Can a few hours in the city, it's hard to say much, but it's clear there's this wonderful Lake and a spectacular Theatre
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  • With a 3.2 mile walk around the lake , you can take in some interesting sites and do a lot of people watching . Plenty of cafes to stop and have a beverage along the way or just sit on a bench and wat...  more »
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  • Lake Merritt is such a beautiful amazing area in Oakland! This is one of my favorite spots to hang out. The Lake is great on a lazy Sunday afternoon or any day of the week. In the daytime you will find open trails for a walk, run, bike or workout. Great for picnicking, listening to music, paddle boating, kayaking, playing at the playground or people watching. Nighttime is littered with beautiful bright lights surrounding the entire Lake. If you are here visiting from out of town I highly recommend at least one nighttime drive by to see the beauty of the Lake Merritt lit up. It is very pretty.
  • Great for walking, jogging, biking around. Lots of places for picnics, reading, enjoying the scenery. Ample lighting at night, plenty of benches and half walls for seating, picnic tables and public grills available in select locations. Great playground and community center located near the estuary. Railing only available around a fraction of the lake, so mind your steps. Forward on the right rules apply, careful of bikes, yield to faster pedestrians. Be ware of the lake water; it is not suitable for swimming. I would never let my dog in the lake water, either.
  • Lake Merritt is a beautiful gem in the middle of Oakland. It has wide sidewalks going around the entire 3 + mile loop, so it is perfect for running or walking for fitness, and on nice days, it's always busy. It is also just a beautiful place to go and sit on the grass and enjoy the scenery. Oakland can feel like like a concrete jungle sometimes, and Lake Merritt feels like an oasis. It's always a popular spot, and there are tons of shops and restaurants in the surrounding area.
  • Beautiful lake in downtown Oakland, California. Quiet, safe and fun leisurely place for couples and families to enjoy. Attractions are convienietly located near the lake. A must see when in Oakland.
  • The most beautiful area in Oakland to go jogging and at night it is quite spectacular
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