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Lake Merritt

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Grand Ave. (btwn Lakeside & Lakeshore), Oakland, CA 94610, United States
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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)
    Kysa B.
    "Beautiful scenery while killing the calories!"(8 Tips)
    Brian S.
    "wildlife has returned and the smell"(3 Tips)
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  • scenic views
  • geese
  • picnics
  • biking
  • lakes
  • wildlife
  • gardens
  • casual
  • free Wifi
  • barbecue
  • people watching
  • coffee
  • quiet
  • homemade food
  • kayaks
  • park
  • lunch
  • canoes
  • morning walks
  • alcohol
  • Ilissa G.

    Nice place to take a date, do some running or just spend some time. Nice views at sunset

    Ilissa Gilmore · December 9, 2015
  • Ashley M.

    Too many swans.

    Ashley Mowrey · October 24, 2015
  • Brian S.

    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.

    Brian Strauss · August 11, 2015
  • Leah W.

    The lake is a perfect 5K (running once around), and the Cleveland cascade is a nice spot to get in your stair work!

    Leah W. · June 27, 2015
  • Keith F.

    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.

    Keith Flippin · June 11, 2015
  • Habitry C.

    One lap around the lake is 3.1 miles. There are pull up and dip bars, plus adult-OK playground equipment.

    Habitry Co · May 30, 2015
  • Sean M.

    Nice relaxing place to walk around on a sunny day.

    Sean Miller · May 26, 2015
  • Elizabeth T.

    Pretty view

    Elizabeth Trejo · May 10, 2015
  • Kelly W.

    Beautiful place to walk around, have a bbq, or do whatever you like!

    Kelly Wong · April 24, 2015
  • Nick F.

    Scenic runs around the lake

    Nick Fruendt · December 12, 2014
  • Nnenniqua

    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!

    Nnenniqua · September 27, 2014
  • Alex K.

    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.

    Alex Kim · September 24, 2014
  • Hard R.

    Great place to walk around and do some exercising.

    Hard Rocker · September 11, 2014
  • Kevin W.

    Best place to run or take a walk in Oakland

    Kevin Watkins · August 6, 2014
  • Roger L.

    Oakland should clean up the lake. What a garbage dump...trash everywhere, dead animals floating in the water!

    Roger Lobbezoo · April 12, 2014
  • Desiree M.

    Such a great area for a walk or run

    Desiree Marie · March 17, 2014
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    OurTripVideos · March 10, 2014
  • T.J. P.

    Take a walk around the lake. Great way to see Oakland.

    T.J. Perez · February 20, 2014
  • Jonathan F.

    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

    Jonathan Fleming · January 2, 2014
  • Kysa B.

    Beautiful scenery while killing the calories!

    Kysa Butler · December 18, 2013
  • Social News Network

    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.

    Social News Network · December 4, 2013
  • tonaka d.

    @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.

    tonaka diane · November 18, 2013
  • Laura L.

    Nice place for lunch time walk around the lake. But keep your eyes out of your phone. Your still in Oakland!

    Laura L · November 14, 2013
  • Caroline S.

    The people walking/jogging around the lake during the daytime are all usually friendly. No need to be weary of running solo before 6pm. :)

    Caroline Sou · June 29, 2013
  • Caroline S.

    Run along the inside of the lake= ~3.2 miles. Run along the streets around the lake=~2.67miles

    Caroline Sou · June 29, 2013
  • Timothy P.

    Don't drive into the lake...

    Timothy Parris · April 11, 2013
  • Misha M.

    Drink the Lake water to become immortal but be careful. Im being hunted by the Highlander.

    Misha Metrikin · April 10, 2013
  • Damian K.

    Walk your dog. Don't be a prick about that shit. WALK YOUR DOG. Don't let them just sit inside.

    Damian Kennedy · March 26, 2013
  • Elizabeth P.

    Bike around the lake. Check out the bonsai garden.

    Elizabeth Price · March 4, 2013
  • Patrick R.

    Enjoy a walk around the lake, great views and fantastic places to stop along the way

    Patrick Ramsey · February 25, 2013
  • Melly B.

    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.

    Melly Bachorek-Gin · October 13, 2012
  • Andrew B.

    #pachakutech tip for lake Merritt overlook

    Andrew Byrne · June 29, 2012
  • Susan B.

    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

    Susan Brown · May 22, 2012
  • Myriam B.

    That's a good run

    Myriam Bolet · May 19, 2012
  • Holly C.

    Just left another a awesome AirBNB experience!

    Holly Cofer · May 19, 2012
  • Ron G.

    Crazyies out at night make sure shank up

    Ron Gg · May 16, 2012
  • Ron G.

    Watch your step

    Ron Gg · May 10, 2012
  • Cherilynn A.

    Beautiful day go lay out somewhere

    Cherilynn Abaye · May 5, 2012
  • Jose I.

    Beautiful day for a run.

    Jose Ibarra · April 20, 2012
  • Jose I.

    Best place to run.

    Jose Ibarra · March 27, 2012
  • Alexy K.

    Don't step into bird poo and stop playing with your phone and watch your kids

    Alexy Khrabrov · March 17, 2012
  • Matt K.

    Be on the lookout for my hot friend "D"!

    Matt Karis · February 24, 2012
  • Pacific Union

    For a great warm-weather outing, rent a boat (canoe, kayak, rowboat, sailboat, or pedalboat!) from the Lake Merritt Boating Center.

    Pacific Union · February 17, 2012
  • Jason B.

    Nice playground! Great for a preschooler.

    Jason Braatz · February 12, 2012
  • Jill B.

    Great place for an afternoon stroll. Watch out for the pooping geese tho! Lots to do around the lake and great place to live!

    Jill Benson · November 8, 2011
  • Flint H.

    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.

    Flint Hahn · November 1, 2011
  • @CarlThaCoach

    Good place to run

    @CarlThaCoach · October 29, 2011
  • ibella42

    Hop in a boat & see the lake from a different view.

    ibella42 · October 10, 2011
  • Adeilei N.

    Grand Lake Coffee House great spot to work or wifi!

    Adeilei Ngeno · October 3, 2011
  • Manny M.

    Bring some bread for the birds

    Manny Manalili · October 3, 2011

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