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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 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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  • Lake Merritt is a fantastic centerpiece for the city of Oakland. It's a nice place for locals and tourists alike. There's no better place in Oakland for a long walk or jog. You'll always find some... 
    Lake Merritt is a fantastic centerpiece for the city of Oakland. It's a nice place for locals and tourists alike. There's no better place in Oakland for a long walk or jog. You'll always find some...  more »
  • On a July Friday morning, we did a walk around Lake Merritt. We didn't walk all of its 3 miles of shoreline, but we did most of it. What a great resource to have this beautiful lake (tidal lagoon... 
    On a July Friday morning, we did a walk around Lake Merritt. We didn't walk all of its 3 miles of shoreline, but we did most of it. What a great resource to have this beautiful lake (tidal lagoon...  more »
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  • 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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