Lakeside Park is best known for Lake Merritt which is one of the most celebrated and accessible parks in Oakland with hundreds of visitors enjoying the park and its unique amenities daily. There are so many enjoyable activities and places to have an adventure while visiting Lake Merritt inside Lakeside Park. Stroll along Edoff Memorial Bandstand which was built in 1923, jog or bike along paved trails, or bird watching nearby the five bird islands on the lake that serve as the oldest Wildlife Refuge in Northern America. We enthusiastically invite you to visit Lakeside Park and the variety of surrounding attractions while you are in Oakland, make Oakland your destination.

walking
2 months ago

Very easy but nice walk on a mostly flat trail around a beautiful lake in the center of Oakland. Always great for people watching.

walking
2 months ago

Good city walk. Use to work close by with time on my hands so i did it more than a few times. Not as good in the middle of the summer when the lake can have a bit of a smell to it.

2 months ago

Nice urban pleasant walk. It's scenic and there are lots of great restaurants and pit stops for kids.

walking
3 months ago

Beautiful site, lots of people. Not great for off leash unless in a side field.

walking
6 months ago

Lovely but smelly

walking
6 months ago

What can I say, it's the lake. When I go to the lake I spend most of my time in the botanical garden. It's a awesome hidden gem that many don't seem to know about.

walking
6 months ago

Not my typical place to go but great to have this space right in town.

7 months ago

This was the most fun I had in weeks. Beautiful day, beautiful people, and good food at the farmers market. I recommend the beacon wrap and the kettle corn.

loved it.

walking
10 months ago

I had a such pleasure walking around the lake this afternoon. If I have more time I'd like to do canoeing as well. When you are hungry then there are plenty nice restaurants around.

on Lake Merritt

1 year ago

walking
1 year ago

Walking around Lake Merritt's shoreline really highlights Oakland's unique escarpment. Names etched into the sidewalk and storm drain outlets mark the spots where open creeks once emptied into the lake, which is really just an estuary. The lake's level fluctuates daily with the tide, breathing fresh life into the ecosystem that depends heavily on that ebb and flow. The improvements made to the southern shore are fantastic, and as the city continues to remove the old culverts the health and beauty of the lake should only get better.

hiking
3 years ago

Extremely easy. Great for taking kids or going for an easy stroll. If you plan it, after the stroll a nice picnic time and perhaps even an hour of canoes, kayak, or paddling boats. There are nice restaurants around as well. Great for a nice romantic date!

walking
4 years ago

The jewel of Oakland is approximately 3.2 miles around point to point. Plenty of walkers, runners, bikers, baby strollers, and a few homeless weirdos just chillin. Watch your step for goose poop, but otherwise enjoy the beautiful lake, diverse bird population, views of downtown oakland and the hills, and the iconic necklace of lights.