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Lakeside Park and Garden Center

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Very Pretty Park

A lovely park, very popular, along the lake in the center of town. Some nice sculptures and good... read more

Reviewed January 21, 2019
Thomas V
Oakland, California
Nice walk through the gardens

We walked around Lake Merritt on a Sunday morning and it is very nice. The lake is a little low and... read more

Reviewed September 18, 2018
Alexandra T
Murrieta, California
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21 Jan 2019
“Very Pretty Park”
18 Sep 2018
“Nice walk through the gardens”
One of the best public gardens in the state offers Japanese, Polynesian, and many other types of gardens.
666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610-5000
+1 510-238-3208
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Reviewed January 21, 2019

A lovely park, very popular, along the lake in the center of town. Some nice sculptures and good landscaping.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed September 18, 2018

We walked around Lake Merritt on a Sunday morning and it is very nice. The lake is a little low and kind of dirty. But they are doing some construction and trying to make it look nicer and safer. The gardens are a calming place...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Alexandra T
Reviewed June 20, 2018

Lakeside Park and Garden Center is great place for seniors,toddlers,and babies.For everyone to enjoy

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank tribecca22018
Reviewed March 21, 2018

We are a senior couple who do a lot of walking. When we are seeing family in Oakland, we like walking to Lake Merritt, and this portion is very nice with a Japanese touch. We very much appreciate it, having lived in Japan for four...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Liars N F
Reviewed March 14, 2018

If you walk around the lake it is 3 flat miles. There are tons of birds. It is just gorgeous, especially now that it is tidal lake.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Ann W
Reviewed August 19, 2017

Pleasant park along the splendid Lake Merritt. Not one of the lake best spots, but it's OK. Sometimes not is such great condition.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

Lake Merritt, Children's Fairy Land, the Garden Center and The Edoff Memorial Bandstand. Once again attended the July 4th concert performed by The Oakland Municipal Band. The band has performed at the bandstand for 106 years. The bandstand is perfect, the surrounding lawns and trees...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Marwalker2
Reviewed May 7, 2017

I came here for the 70th Annual Spring Rose Show on 5/7/17, located on the Lakeside Park Garden Center. There were plenty of beautiful roses displayed on vases and picture frames. A couple of the roses were in bowls of water. Outside the garden center...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Ang1370
Reviewed February 22, 2017

The bonsais are very impressive. They are very detailed in terms of replicating the image of larger trees. It will take you some time to go through all of them.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Sam T
Reviewed January 17, 2017

I have been to the lake for years, but only discovered the garden few month ago. It's a nice garden with one area for bonsai exhibition. I believe it's heavily relies on volunteers to maintain it, thus, still has room to improve...

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank CharlesC3723
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December 17, 2015|
Response from RubyDuo |
Oops. Nope, that is 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610 You can see pictures at the Fairyland web site. I still have a key to the talking boxes which is what got me looking.