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Lake Merritt

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  • Jill B.
    "Watch out for the pooping geese tho!"(4 Tips)
    Adeilei N.
    "Grand Lake Coffee House great spot to work or wifi!"(2 Tips)
    Brian S.
    "wildlife has returned and the smell"(4 Tips)
    Kysa B.
    "Beautiful scenery while killing the calories!"(8 Tips)
92 Tips and reviews
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  • geese
  • picnics
  • biking
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  • Lana C.
    Lana Choi3 weeks ago
    Lovely walk around the lake - around 3 miles or so
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleySeptember 26
    It’s a great lake
  • Anna C.
    Anna ChanMay 9
    Been here 25+ times
    Perfect 5k around the lake!
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱April 7
    Great spot for dating and/or a leisure walk.
  • Mario L.
    Mario LinDecember 9, 2016
    Beautiful place to go for a run.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BlockOctober 14, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Great nature scenery and paved running path.
  • Kappie F.
    Kappie FarringtonSeptember 29, 2016
    Grab tacos from the nearby Tacos mi Rancho truck and have a picnic.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BlockJune 17, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The Pelicans, and other birds and wildlife.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BlockMay 5, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Just about everything. 3.2 mile loop.
  • Chuck R.
    Chuck RoslofApril 26, 2016
    Took me about an hour and a half to walk around the entire lake, going at a fairly leisurely pace.
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MorelandApril 16, 2016
    A beautiful advantage to living in Oakland.
  • Luis David S.
    It's a nice place to hang out with friends. At night or during the day
  • yiannis v.
    yiannis varelasMarch 27, 2016
    Awesome place to spend a sunny Sunday. Weather in the area can be tricky though. You can see what's happening using this
  • Amelia L.
    Amelia LeongFebruary 25, 2016
    If you have a picnic weird guys or homeless people will bother you. If you're alright with that feel free to picnic!
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonFebruary 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great for a run!
  • Byron W.
    Byron WilkesFebruary 11, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    The lake of a thousand smells!
  • Ilissa G.
    Ilissa GilmoreDecember 9, 2015
    Nice place to take a date, do some running or just spend some time. Nice views at sunset
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MowreyOctober 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Too many swans.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussAugust 11, 2015
    Don't call it a come back! Since restoring the tidal flow with the Oakland estuary, wildlife has returned and the smell has mostly gone. A great place to get your steps on.
  • Leah W.
    Leah W.June 27, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    The lake is a perfect 5K (running once around), and the Cleveland cascade is a nice spot to get in your stair work!
  • Keith F.
    Keith FlippinJune 11, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Makes for pretty views and correspondingly higher rents, but I wouldn't want to come into contact with anything that has touched that water, much less lives in it.
  • Ellen M.
    Ellen McGrodyJune 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Lake Merritt is such a lovely place to spend your time. Walking, running, biking, picnics, science center, local restaurants, animals, just... this is Oakland. When I think of Oakland, this is it.
  • Habitry C.
    Habitry CoMay 30, 2015
    One lap around the lake is 3.1 miles. There are pull up and dip bars, plus adult-OK playground equipment.
  • Sean M.
    Sean MillerMay 26, 2015
    Nice relaxing place to walk around on a sunny day.
  • Elizabeth T.
    Elizabeth TrejoMay 10, 2015
    Pretty view
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongApril 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Beautiful place to walk around, have a bbq, or do whatever you like!
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtDecember 12, 2014
    Scenic runs around the lake
  • Nnenniqua
    NnenniquaSeptember 27, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great place to crush a simple 5k run and get your mileage count of the week. In the fall and winter, bring a headlamp if you plan on running after 6!
  • Alex K.
    Alex KimSeptember 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Feel very lucky to have this lake nearby even though the water can get a bit stinky. Many people use it for running, biking, picnicking, and boating.
  • Hard R.
    Hard RockerSeptember 11, 2014
    Great place to walk around and do some exercising.
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WatkinsAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Best place to run or take a walk in Oakland
  • Roger L.
    Roger L.April 12, 2014
    Oakland should clean up the lake. What a garbage dump...trash everywhere, dead animals floating in the water!
  • Desiree M.
    Desiree MarieMarch 17, 2014
    Such a great area for a walk or run
  • T.J. P.
    T.J. PerezFebruary 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Take a walk around the lake. Great way to see Oakland.
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FlemingJanuary 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Go early evening right when sun goes down great views and great place to walk. Don't believe the hype the boogie won't get you lol
  • Kysa B.
    Kysa ButlerDecember 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Beautiful scenery while killing the calories!
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkDecember 4, 2013
    A nice place for a simple walk with a loved one or a rigorous run alone. This makes for a perfect serene experience or a place to meet the locals.
  • tonaka d.
    tonaka dianeNovember 18, 2013
    @Lake Merritt is the oldest wildlife preserve in the country. It is home to thousands of migrant birds. Its also consider the "Crown Jewel" of Oakland.
  • Laura L.
    Laura LNovember 14, 2013
    Nice place for lunch time walk around the lake. But keep your eyes out of your phone. Your still in Oakland!
  • Timothy P.
    Timothy ParrisApril 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't drive into the lake...
  • Misha M.
    Misha MetrikinApril 10, 2013
    Drink the Lake water to become immortal but be careful. Im being hunted by the Highlander.
  • Damian K.
    Damian KennedyMarch 26, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Walk your dog. Don't be a prick about that shit. WALK YOUR DOG. Don't let them just sit inside.
  • Elizabeth P.
    Elizabeth PriceMarch 4, 2013
    Bike around the lake. Check out the bonsai garden.
  • Patrick R.
    Patrick RamseyFebruary 25, 2013
    Enjoy a walk around the lake, great views and fantastic places to stop along the way
  • Melly B.
    Melly Bachorek-GinOctober 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Always smells like pot so wear a breathing mask to avoid the strong scent of Losers! Also wear headphones to avoid getting hit up for money.
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew ByrneJune 29, 2012
    #pachakutech tip for lake Merritt overlook
  • Susan B.
    Susan BrownMay 22, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    It is actually an estuary so bay and fresh water mixed together fish and ducks live in the lake but as my brother says don't eat the fish or fall in or swim
  • Myriam B.
    Myriam BoletMay 19, 2012
    That's a good run
  • Holly C.
    Holly CoferMay 19, 2012
    Just left another a awesome AirBNB experience!
  • Ron G.
    Ron GgMay 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Crazyies out at night make sure shank up
  • Ron G.
    Ron GgMay 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Watch your step
  • Cherilynn A.
    Cherilynn AbayeMay 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Beautiful day go lay out somewhere
  • Jose I.
    Jose IbarraApril 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Beautiful day for a run.
  • Jose I.
    Jose IbarraMarch 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place to run.
  • Alexy K.
    Alexy KhrabrovMarch 17, 2012
    Don't step into bird poo and stop playing with your phone and watch your kids
  • Matt K.
    Matt KarisFebruary 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Be on the lookout for my hot friend "D"!
  • Pacific Union
    Pacific UnionFebruary 17, 2012
    For a great warm-weather outing, rent a boat (canoe, kayak, rowboat, sailboat, or pedalboat!) from the Lake Merritt Boating Center.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BraatzFebruary 12, 2012
    Nice playground! Great for a preschooler.
  • Jill B.
    Jill BensonNovember 8, 2011
    Great place for an afternoon stroll. Watch out for the pooping geese tho! Lots to do around the lake and great place to live!
  • Flint H.
    Flint HahnNovember 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    A unique fresh and salt-water lake, the largest such lake located within an urban area consisting of 3.4 miles around the circumference and the United States' 1st official wildlife refuge since 1870.
  • @CarlThaCoach
    @CarlThaCoachOctober 29, 2011
    Good place to run
  • ibella42
    ibella42October 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Hop in a boat & see the lake from a different view.
  • Adeilei N.
    Adeilei NgenoOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Grand Lake Coffee House great spot to work or wifi!
  • Manny M.
    Manny ManaliliOctober 3, 2011
    Bring some bread for the birds
  • Fik S.
    Fik SalehSeptember 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Run the lake. It's only 3.1 miles (5 km) around.
  • Sean N.
    Sean NarvasaAugust 30, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Go for a 4.1 mile run. Watch out for the geese poop
  • Zennie A.
    Zennie AbrahamAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Visit Lake Chalet!
  • Zennie A.
    Zennie AbrahamAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The birds are mostly Canadian Geese!
  • Zennie A.
    Zennie AbrahamAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Visit the Lake Chalet Oakland on 1520 Lakeside Drive Oakland, CA - on the Lake.
  • Leena
    LeenaAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    check out the lake merritt garden!
  • Todd G.
    Todd GliedenAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The new bridge and lake overlook
  • Cathy B.
    Cathy BAugust 4, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    my bff lives here ;)
  • Amaya N.
    Amaya NogueraJuly 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    On a beautiful day, bring family, friends, n take a beautiful walk around the lake. It is definitely one of Oakland's gems...
  • Kalief
    KaliefJune 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Any time is a good time to hit the Lake!
  • Sean D.
    Sean DrydenApril 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Double wide strollers are so ugly
  • Michael B.
    Michael BrownMarch 17, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Don't eat the fish
  • Shannon
    ShannonDecember 29, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Please don't feed the geese!
  • sophine w.
    sophine walkerNovember 13, 2010
    this is the best jog in the east bay...glad I found to run!
  • Jonno N.
    Jonno NortonOctober 12, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Listen on the hours for a bell chime, and sometimes a whole song. Amazing Grace, how sweeeeeeet the sound!
  • Christina A.
    Christina Almodobar ~ BuerdierOctober 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I love running here, but make sure you run with your large dog or with other people, never alone!
  • Kang
    KangSeptember 5, 2010
    Best tyme to walk 8pm not to early not to late
  • National Wildlife Federation
    Be on the look out for waterfowl and share with us if you find any!
  • Jonno N.
    Jonno NortonJune 13, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    No swimming plz
  • Foodie M.
    Foodie McBodyMay 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Love running/walking here. Everyone in Oakland goes 'round this lake. The best people watching. Best Oakland Pride.
    Upvoted Sep 28
  • Ellen O.
    Ellen O'DonohueMay 25, 2010
    If you have young children, Children's Fairyland Park is great. There is a historic Veterans building for dance classes. Farmer's market Saturday Grand Lake is awesome. Read more
  • Ana Gabriela H.
    Don't go rowing here at 5am. You run the risk of bumping into floating dead homeless dudes who have fallen and couldn't get up.
  • Zack Z.
    Zack ZarateMay 4, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I'm starting a renegade dog park on northside. Need 20 dog owners to get this going. Care to join?
  • Lil M.
    Lil MikeMarch 24, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't drink the water, tastes like Duck Sh/t
  • jemal d.
    jemal diamondFebruary 13, 2010
    Dude, check out the bird sanctuary!
  • Lara R.
    Lara RaftonFebruary 9, 2010
    Run around Lake Merritt.
  • Linton J.
    Linton JohnsonOctober 27, 2009
    get the homemade chocolate chip cookies! dessert to die for!
  • Isabel G.
    Isabel GusmãoSeptember 13, 2013
    Sentar e apreciar, ler um livro, caminhar.... Tudo de bom!
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