Beautiful Lake Merritt in Oakland is City Treasure


Do you feel like a little kayaking on a clear day? Oakland's Lake Merritt is the place to enjoy a morning or afternoon paddle on the placid, deep, blue waters of the fresh & saltwater lake in the heart of Oakland, Calif.

One of the city's gems, jewels and treasures, Lake Merritt is encompasses 155 acres, and features over 3 miles of beautiful walking / jogging paths that encircle the body of water. Many activities, homes, businesses, attractions and parks surround the gracious lake that has been a fixture in the city for over 100 years.

One of the unique highlights to Lake Merritt (named after a prominent Oakland resident,) is the "necklace of lights" that encircles the lake, comprised of 3,400 pearly bulbs, stationed along 126 lampposts.

Other attractions we've grown fond of during visits to Oakland include Heinhold's First and Last Chance Saloon, where famous resident, Jack London, spent time in his youth. Oakland is steeped in history and well worth a visit to enjoy the architecture, cultures, events, and waterfront location across the bay from San Francisco. Many actually prefer to fly into Oakland (versus San Francisco Airport,) especially on trips to Napa wine country.

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