Best lakes in Oakland

Check out the top lakes in Oakland, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Lake Merritt
1. Lake Merritt
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431 local reviews
Lake Merritt, Oakland
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Shadi
A straight 10-minute walk down either bustling Grand Ave or Lakeshore takes you to Lake Merritt, the U.S.'s…
Daphnée & Mike
Walk, bike or run around the lake, it is truly a realxing setting. Bring a lunch and sit by the water, it gets…
Cynthia
Lake Merritt offers a trail estimated at 3.8 miles around the exterior. Currently undergoing some path…
1. Lake Merritt
1. Lake Merritt
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431 local reviews
Lake Merritt, Oakland
Shadi
Shadi
A straight 10-minute walk down either bustling Grand Ave or Lakeshore takes you to Lake Merritt, the U.S.'s first official wildlife refuge,…
Daphnée & Mike
Daphnée & Mike
Walk, bike or run around the lake, it is truly a realxing setting. Bring a lunch and sit by the water, it gets very animated on the…
Cynthia
Cynthia
Lake Merritt offers a trail estimated at 3.8 miles around the exterior. Currently undergoing some path renovations, it is also a great place…
2. Tilden Regional Park
2. Tilden Regional Park
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275 local reviews
2501 Grizzly Peak Boulevard, Orinda
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 510-544-2747
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John And Art
One of the District's three oldest parks, Tilden has been called the jewel of the system, and its recreational…
Michael
BEST Hiking in the East Bay! And, it is accessible by public transportation! Take the AC Transit bus #49 or…
Donald
This is part of our "Green Belt" that separates the East Bay from inland California. It is a patchwork of…
2. Tilden Regional Park
2. Tilden Regional Park
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275 local reviews
2501 Grizzly Peak Boulevard, Orinda
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 510-544-2747
John And Art
John And Art
One of the District's three oldest parks, Tilden has been called the jewel of the system, and its recreational activities have become a…
Michael
Michael
BEST Hiking in the East Bay! And, it is accessible by public transportation! Take the AC Transit bus #49 or #51B to downtown Berkeley;…
Donald
Donald
This is part of our "Green Belt" that separates the East Bay from inland California. It is a patchwork of nature reservers, parklands, a…
3. Lake Chalet | Seafood Bar & Grill
3. Lake Chalet | Seafood Bar & Grill
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87 local reviews
1520 Lakeside Dr, Oakland
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 510-208-5253
RestaurantPoint of interestFood
Nataly
Contemporary Californian cuisine with a focus on seafood. Join them for Taco Tuesday and Happy Hour daily!…
Cynthia
Lake Chalet is located on the shores of Lake Merritt. It is a favorite of mine primarily for Happy Hours. On a…
Jide
This restaurant and drinking spot gives you a change to dine or drink right by the lake with views to the…
3. Lake Chalet | Seafood Bar & Grill
3. Lake Chalet | Seafood Bar & Grill
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87 local reviews
1520 Lakeside Dr, Oakland
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 510-208-5253
Nataly
Nataly
Contemporary Californian cuisine with a focus on seafood. Join them for Taco Tuesday and Happy Hour daily! Lake Chalet's interior, designed…
Cynthia
Cynthia
Lake Chalet is located on the shores of Lake Merritt. It is a favorite of mine primarily for Happy Hours. On a warm day, it is fantastic to…
Jide
Jide
This restaurant and drinking spot gives you a change to dine or drink right by the lake with views to the hills and East Oakland. It is a…
4. Grand Lake Theatre
4. Grand Lake Theatre
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248 local reviews
3200 Grand Ave, Oakland
+1 510-452-3556
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Amy
Beautiful old theater is an iconic destination for blockbuster hits as well as local films. Super comfy,…
Nataly
Built in 1926 as a vaudeville showplace and silent movie house, the Art Deco Grand Lake was soon taken over by…
Joe
The historic Grand Lake Theater has been designated as one of the top ten vintage theaters in the nation…
4. Grand Lake Theatre
4. Grand Lake Theatre
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248 local reviews
3200 Grand Ave, Oakland
+1 510-452-3556
Amy
Amy
Beautiful old theater is an iconic destination for blockbuster hits as well as local films. Super comfy, affordable, and regardless of one's…
Nataly
Nataly
Built in 1926 as a vaudeville showplace and silent movie house, the Art Deco Grand Lake was soon taken over by the talkies. Like many other…
Joe
Joe
The historic Grand Lake Theater has been designated as one of the top ten vintage theaters in the nation. Located in the lovely…
5. Grand Lake Kitchen
5. Grand Lake Kitchen
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67 local reviews
576 Grand Ave, Oakland
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 510-922-9582
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Andrew
Grand Lake Kitchen is a gourmet deli, market, and restaurant offering delicious and locally sourced meals in a…
Lauren And Dolores
The best brunch in town! Fresh, deli-inspired American fare. Sit outside with a view of Lake Merritt. You…
Omar
Best lunch scene in the neighborhood. Everything on the menu is delicious. Dinner is great here too. …
5. Grand Lake Kitchen
5. Grand Lake Kitchen
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67 local reviews
576 Grand Ave, Oakland
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 510-922-9582
Andrew
Andrew
Grand Lake Kitchen is a gourmet deli, market, and restaurant offering delicious and locally sourced meals in a casual space. Open all day,…
Lauren And Dolores
Lauren And Dolores
The best brunch in town! Fresh, deli-inspired American fare. Sit outside with a view of Lake Merritt. You might have to wait a bit, but pour…
Omar
Omar
Best lunch scene in the neighborhood. Everything on the menu is delicious. Dinner is great here too. Conveniently located across the…
6. Portal
6. Portal
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73 local reviews
1611 2nd Ave, Oakland
Open · Closes 10:30 PM
+1 510-663-7678
BarRestaurantPoint of interest
Christine
Large micro-beer menu, delicious high-quality food and excellent service. Outdoor patio seating with Lake…
J
Good selection of about 10-12 craft beers & wine. Tasty modern/thoughtful food. Outdoor patio w/ some lake…
Angie
This is more like a biergarten with a big selection of beer and some wine. Great outdoor seating with a view…
6. Portal
6. Portal
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73 local reviews
1611 2nd Ave, Oakland
Open · Closes 10:30 PM
+1 510-663-7678
Christine
Christine
Large micro-beer menu, delicious high-quality food and excellent service. Outdoor patio seating with Lake Merritt views, and outdoor Jenga…
J
J
Good selection of about 10-12 craft beers & wine. Tasty modern/thoughtful food. Outdoor patio w/ some lake views in back. More expensive…
Angie
Angie
This is more like a biergarten with a big selection of beer and some wine. Great outdoor seating with a view of the Lake. You can bring…
7. Oakland Museum of California
7. Oakland Museum of California
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295 local reviews
1000 Oak St, Oakland
Open · Closes 6:00 PM
+1 510-318-8400
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Andrew
Take a walk around the Lake and check out the Oakland Museum of California, which features artifacts &…
Patta
Near the southern end of Lake Merritt, this museum has rotating exhibitions on artistic and scientific…
Linda
It's an easy walk around the lake to visit the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). It's is one of the…
7. Oakland Museum of California
7. Oakland Museum of California
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295 local reviews
1000 Oak St, Oakland
Open · Closes 6:00 PM
+1 510-318-8400
Andrew
Andrew
Take a walk around the Lake and check out the Oakland Museum of California, which features artifacts & interactive displays in a modern…
Patta
Patta
Near the southern end of Lake Merritt, this museum has rotating exhibitions on artistic and scientific themes, and permanent galleries…
Linda
Linda
It's an easy walk around the lake to visit the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). It's is one of the top-rated Bay Area museums to…
8. Children's Fairyland
8. Children's Fairyland
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73 local reviews
699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland
Open · Closes 4:00 PM
+1 510-452-2259
Amusement parkPoint of interestEstablishment
Nataly
You know you were raised in the bay area if you have a Magic Key from this quaint amusement park located on…
Omar
A local mini theme park located about 1 mile from the house. My grandmother took me here as a kid and I did…
Cynthia
If you are visiting grandchildren who are toddler age, Fairyland is a must! Known as an inspiration to Walt…
8. Children's Fairyland
8. Children's Fairyland
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73 local reviews
699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland
Open · Closes 4:00 PM
+1 510-452-2259
Nataly
Nataly
You know you were raised in the bay area if you have a Magic Key from this quaint amusement park located on the waters of Lake Merritt. It's…
Omar
Omar
A local mini theme park located about 1 mile from the house. My grandmother took me here as a kid and I did the same with mine. You'll love…
Cynthia
Cynthia
If you are visiting grandchildren who are toddler age, Fairyland is a must! Known as an inspiration to Walt Disney, Fairyland is a treasure…
9. Oakland-Grand Lake Farmers Market
9. Oakland-Grand Lake Farmers Market
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136 local reviews
Lake Park Ave, Oakland
Closed now
+1 415-472-6100
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Nataly
It’s easy to see why the Oakland – Grand Lake Farmers Market is widely acclaimed as the best farmers market in…
Hannah & Forrest
Every Saturday from 10am~2pm! If you haven't been to a bay area farmer's market, it's a bit difficult to…
Vala
This is seriously the best farmers market in the East Bay, hands down. A bit more of a drive from our place,…
9. Oakland-Grand Lake Farmers Market
9. Oakland-Grand Lake Farmers Market
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136 local reviews
Lake Park Ave, Oakland
Closed now
+1 415-472-6100
Nataly
Nataly
It’s easy to see why the Oakland – Grand Lake Farmers Market is widely acclaimed as the best farmers market in the East Bay. Oakland…
Hannah & Forrest
Hannah & Forrest
Every Saturday from 10am~2pm! If you haven't been to a bay area farmer's market, it's a bit difficult to describe. There is amazing food for…
Vala
Vala
This is seriously the best farmers market in the East Bay, hands down. A bit more of a drive from our place, but in addition to produce,…
10. Lake Chabot Regional Park
10. Lake Chabot Regional Park
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31 local reviews
17600 Lake Chabot Rd, Castro Valley
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 888-327-2757
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Vala
Fishing, paddleboat and rowboat rentals, and an AMAZING lakeside path! If you're interested in hiking, this…
Michael
Nice place to walk and hike, rent a paddle boat or canoe. Fishing too. There is a charge to park in lot,…
Jessie
Its perfect if you want to go on an early morning jog or bike ride. Its a beautifully scenic route to go on a…
10. Lake Chabot Regional Park
10. Lake Chabot Regional Park
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31 local reviews
17600 Lake Chabot Rd, Castro Valley
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 888-327-2757
Vala
Vala
Fishing, paddleboat and rowboat rentals, and an AMAZING lakeside path! If you're interested in hiking, this connects with some great hiking…
Michael
Michael
Nice place to walk and hike, rent a paddle boat or canoe. Fishing too. There is a charge to park in lot, though street parking is free and…
Jessie
Jessie
Its perfect if you want to go on an early morning jog or bike ride. Its a beautifully scenic route to go on a walk/hike on. Its a paved road…
11. Lake Merritt Boating Center
11. Lake Merritt Boating Center
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22 local reviews
568 Bellevue Ave, Oakland
Open · Closes 4:00 PM
+1 510-238-2196
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Judy
You can rent a boat to row on Lake Merritt! Walking distance from my house, if you are somewhat athletic. Bus…
Frances
Parks and Rec program where you can rent various types of boats. The lake isn't very deep and hosts an array…
J
Rent paddle boast, sail boats, and kayaks to explore around the lake. Relatively inexpensive..
11. Lake Merritt Boating Center
11. Lake Merritt Boating Center
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22 local reviews
568 Bellevue Ave, Oakland
Open · Closes 4:00 PM
+1 510-238-2196
Judy
Judy
You can rent a boat to row on Lake Merritt! Walking distance from my house, if you are somewhat athletic. Bus 12 will also take you close to…
Frances
Frances
Parks and Rec program where you can rent various types of boats. The lake isn't very deep and hosts an array of birds, both seasonal and…
J
J
Rent paddle boast, sail boats, and kayaks to explore around the lake. Relatively inexpensive..
12. Lake Temescal
12. Lake Temescal
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31 local reviews
Lake Temescal, Oakland
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Naome
Minutes away from home, take a walk around this city lake, do QiGong at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings, enjoy a…
Susan
Within walking distance of our house. A very nice regional park with large grassy areas, picnic tables,…
Patricia
Cute little park with a lake, ducks and a walking path. Good for picnics. A 10 minute walk from my house.
12. Lake Temescal
12. Lake Temescal
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31 local reviews
Lake Temescal, Oakland
Naome
Naome
Minutes away from home, take a walk around this city lake, do QiGong at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings, enjoy a picnic with friends, play…
Susan
Susan
Within walking distance of our house. A very nice regional park with large grassy areas, picnic tables, children's playground, a lake with…
Patricia
Patricia
Cute little park with a lake, ducks and a walking path. Good for picnics. A 10 minute walk from my house.