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 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.
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!
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.