Lake Merritt in the heart of Oakland is a half mile from our hotel, or just a short ten minute walk. The lake is really a tidal lagoon, bordered on all sides by Oakland. It was America’s very first wildlife refuge, and while the natural wetlands that once surrounded the lake are long gone, it now has five restored islands that are home to birds year round.
Lake Merritt is a place where the city and nature meet, with 3.4 miles of shoreline, dotted with activities and sights—both near the water, and in it! You can rent a small boat, including pedal boats, row boats, sail boats, kayaks, and canoes, and make your own way around this city lake. Or, go for an authentic Venetian gondola ride. You can even bring a bottle of wine onto the gondola, and Gondola Servizio will provide the glassware, for a unique Oakland experience.
Other attractions around Lake Merritt in Oakland:
Lake Merritt is also just a great spot for a stroll or run, to people watch and admire some of the birds that call the lake home!