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Stow Lake

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Address: 50 Stow Lake Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone Number: 415 752 0347
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Located in Golden Gate National Park. Small boats are available for...

Located in Golden Gate National Park. Small boats are available for renting to sail Stow Lake.

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Calm waters

I came across GG Park’s lake when visiting SF Botanical Garden. There’s an island and on the far shore of the lake, I saw food-truck vendors. Given the number of small boats, I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
Orlando, Florida

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san diego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful small "ring" of a lake. rent a row boat and paddle around it. Turtles and ducks swim by. Two pretty bridges. Very Romantic

Thank 3c1a
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 574 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Since 1893, a beautiful place to row, paddle or glide electrically within Golden Gate Park! Open 10-5 Monday through Thursday, and 10-6 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is a cafe and a (fairly small) picnic area. Admission is free but there are boat rental fees: $20 per hour for rowboats, $25 per hour per 2-person paddle boats, and $35... More 

Thank etweeden
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68 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

My friend and I were taking a tour of San Francisco and we decided to have our tour guide show us Golden Gate Park and to stop at Stow Lake. Stow lake is so cool because it is just huge and it has a island in the middle of the lake. There are beautiful stone bridges, birds, Chinese architecture, and... More 

Thank Ayayitstiffany
San Francisco, California, United States
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38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

I've come to Stow Lake several times over the years for various reasons: romantic boat ride when it's not too crowded, picnic with friends near the water, quiet walk around the lake and the island in the middle, etc. If you're in GG park on a nice day and want to just chill for an hour or so, I recommend... More 

Thank Vithiet L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Many people live in the bay area and are unaware of this hidden gem. Lake Stow is a small lake in the heart of Golden Gate and within 10 min walking from California Academy of Science. I love taking the hike to the top of the Hill in the middle of the lake and walk back towards the boat rental... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,231 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I came across GG Park’s lake when visiting SF Botanical Garden. There’s an island and on the far shore of the lake, I saw food-truck vendors. Given the number of small boats, I imagine there are rentals. There are some negative reviews about food/boat vendors and charge to access the lake, but there’s no charge to view this peaceful pond.... More 

Thank DeanMurphy2020
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Took my 10 & 8 year old here and rented a rowboat. Fun and scenic trip, and easy to row around. Take some bread for the ducks, or buy a snack at the boat house.

Thank Melanie O
Mountain View, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Spend an hour and rent a boat at Stow Lake. Its a fun experience, but the ducks and turtles are worth the price alone to get up and close. Bring some bread and feed along the way.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

With buffalo & bison, windmills, lakes, concerts venues, ducklings, museums, play structures and fields, Golden Gate Park has pretty much everything and anything one could ever want in a park. But Stow Lake is a gem inside of a gem. I say - “Go to Stow Lake!” and when people say “Why?” I try to explain the cute little ducklings... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Stow Lake is a lovely lake in Golden Gate Park. I spent part of my afternoon walking its perimeter and on the center Strawberry Hill. They also have a refreshment stand and pedal boat rentals available. Worth a visit, if you're in the area.

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