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Rotary Nature Center and Waterfowl Refuge

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Lovely spot in Oakland

This is a great place to check out... if you don't bring your own binoculars, there are public ones... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2016
Jacqueline B
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Oakland, California
A fun place to visit and see all of the bird life at Lake Merritt.

We like to stop at the Nature Center on our way walking around the lake. The birds and wild life... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2016
Greg S
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Oakland, California
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Aug 25, 2016
“Lovely spot in Oakland”
Aug 23, 2016
“A fun place to visit and see all of the bird life at Lake Merritt.”
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600 Bellevue Ave, Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94610-5000
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

This is a great place to check out... if you don't bring your own binoculars, there are public ones accessible on the waterfront. And even that isn't necessary as there are bird pens right there on the shore, and you can check out a number...More

2  Thank Jacqueline B
Reviewed 23 August 2016

We like to stop at the Nature Center on our way walking around the lake. The birds and wild life can come and go as opposed to a zoo situation. So you can view them in a natural habitat.

1  Thank Greg S
Reviewed 9 February 2016

This small island is a wonderful bird sanctuary within the shores of Lake Merritt Oakland. The walk around the lake is worth it whether you're a bird lover or not. The lake has many small and large Egrets, and if you're lucky, you'll get to...More

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Reviewed 15 June 2015

Situated right next to the playground, have a play & learn day with your little ones. I recently visited with my friend and her daughter and it was a good way to wind her down after the park and teachable moments, that add to the...More

1  Thank Anne H
Reviewed 18 February 2015

This area is a part of the Lake Merritt walk. It is interesting in that there are a variety of birds and small animals to see there. It is across the parking area from the Children's Fairyland and the Garden Center. It is part of...More

1  Thank Carol N
Reviewed 17 December 2014

This is a great place! I more intersted in animals and birds than restaurants! This place does have birds, butterflies, plants! Hurray for animals!

2  Thank Karyn C
Reviewed 30 July 2013

This waterfowl reserve is terrific. It is constructed so that if you are pushing your children on the swings you look out and directly ahead is an island with foliage. Very friendly place, the lake is gorgeous, extremely beautiful at night.

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