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Lakeside Park and Garden Center

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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
Lakeside Park and Garden Center

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

Reviewed June 20, 2018
Oakland, California
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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
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Oakland
from US$69.00
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Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

I just stumbled upon this little gem. I wondered through the flower gardens in awe , and my heart rate and blood pressure instantly felt like it dropped! Beautiful sunshine filtered through a variety of greenery, very few people around and you hardly notice the...More

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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

Thank Alexandra T
Reviewed June 20, 2018

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

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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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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...

Thank CharlesC3723
Reviewed July 5, 2016

Garden is not well kept but it is like a forgotten hide away. Around the paths there are benches to rest and watch the birds. Not a fancy garden but a nice quiet walk. Forget you are in the city. Bring your friends and relax.

Thank Rosa B
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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.