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Lake Merritt
Lake Merritt

Lake Merritt

62 reviews
Outdoors, Lake, Park
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Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-7275
http://www.lakemerritt.org/
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With plenty of room for scenic walks and relaxing afternoons, Lake Merritt is a beautiful destination located close to downtown Oakland. The perimeter of the lake is easily to walk, letting you get ... Read more
some good exercise with great sights. You pass by the beautiful Cathedral of Christ the Light as you go, making a stark but enjoyable contrast between the natural beauty of the lake and the architectural beauty of the city. With convenient access from the city, Lake Merritt also serves as a perfect getaway from the everyday stress of living and working downtown.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Beautiful lake in the heart of Oakland with many gardens and activities nearby.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Beautiful lake to just walk around and take in the sites or just sit and relax and soak in the beauty.

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Local from Oakland, California, USA

A 3 mile run / walk, Lake Merritt has a fabulous farmers market every Saturday, a famous old movie theater, and lots of great restaurants nearby.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

I came for a dragon boat race and the lake was very beautiful. Great for sports or a nice walk around.

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Chicago, Illinois

Living by the lake is peaceful. Walking around the lake at different hours is also AMAZING! Definitely recommend this for explorers, runners, families, or anyone who wants to clear their mind

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Local from Berkeley, California

A central Oakland lake to walk around, bring your children to Fairyland, hear concerts of all kinds. Also boats to rent there. Restaurants next to the lake or close by.

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The San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

Lake Merritt is a large tidal lagoon in the center of Oakland. It's a lovely place to stroll, or go for bike ride around the lake.

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Local from Oakland, California, USA

The jewel of this city (the town), Lake Merrit is lined with twinkle lights and during the day sunbathers and readers will toss down blankets and lounge around like a lizard on a sunny rock slab. Reason #7 to come check out Oakland, CA!

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Woodland

Always a great place to come....you can eat at the park ( bring a snack) go walking around it. great places to go eat all around, looks beautiful even at night all lite up.

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Nice walk and view. Great place to enjoy the scenery and walk your furry friends.

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San Jose, California

Beautiful night walk here, it's a good place to take a run, get fresh air or night walk

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New Delhi, India

lovely part of oakland. about one mile from the closest bart station. if you're a walker or runner, the view is splendid for your workout

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Local from Orinda, California

Great place for a leisurely jog, about 3 mile around and flat. Nice setting and no cars.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Large lake in the middle of Oakland. They have a great market just to the north weekly and I enjoyed having lunch at a spot overlooking the water.

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San Francisco, California, USA

This is one of my favorite spots in oakland. go in the early morning or at dusk or at night or in the day.. pretty much any time because this lake is awesome. it's 3.1 miles all the way around so if you're training for a run or just feel like doing a 5K on your own, this is a good place to do it. usually there is some parking around, or just take bart.. then stop off in chinatown to reward yourself for doing a good run!

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Santa Rosa, California

Lake Merritt is in the heart of Oakland with playgrounds, picnic areas, wildlife, botanical garden, and summer festivals. It is walking distance to the Grand Lake neighborhood that has thriving and diverse restaurants, shops, farmer's markets and a restored cinema that first opened its' doors to the public back in the silent film era. If it is just a walk you want, Lake Merritt provides a nice five-mile walk with Oaklanders; including families, couples, joggers, and dog walkers. Some of the lake is surrounded by grand art-deco apartments. It is a wonderful place to see and experience Oakland.

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Palo Alto, California, USA

A picturesque lake with lots of interesting pit stops along the way to entertain the kids. Watching tightrope enthusiasts bounce up and down on a rope, water fowl on the lake, a charming pet iguana, a small natural history museum, paddle boats, etc

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Local from Fremont, California

Beautiful place for a walk. The lake is huge! Nice for having picnics on the grass

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San Francisco, California, USA

Never knew such a beautiful place existed in Oakland.

A great place for a stroll, a run, a walk, a nap, and people watch. There is plenty of things you can do around Lake Merritt. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone that is in the area.

p.s. they have food trucks along the lake for a bite to eat as well.

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Local from Pleasant Hill, California, USA
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Gayle and I enjoy walking around Lake Merritt. Along the way you'll pass Children's Fairyland, the Cathedral of Christ the Light, and other sites. People watching is good too on this scenic romp. The lake itself is a bit rank in places and the believe it or not there's more Canada Geese here than pigeons.

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