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Lake Merritt, Oakland

#1 of 19 in Parks in Oakland
Water Body · Nature / Park
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 findĀ 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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  • You really notice the improvements, the new landscaping and especially the modern walkways. The end of the Lake at 12th Street is completely rebuilt to the benefit of pedestrians and lots of people.....  more »
  • We walked from the 19th Street BART station to Lake Merritt. There were quite a few joggers, with masks, and others on their lunch hours, eating on the benches. The atmosphere was lovely, with lots...  more »
  • Great place to take a walk. A lot of great restaurants nearby
  • One of the best relaxation spots in Oakland. Go there on the weekend to be around great company and great food as well. You'll go there tense and leave completely chillšŸ˜Ž

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