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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Sailing, Picnicking
Description: 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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Mountain View, California

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Mountain View, California
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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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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 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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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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Baltimore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Stow Lake Boathouse offers row boats for $20/hour and pedal boats for $25/hour. I'm not sure if the prices are worth it. Seems to me a fair value should actually be half or two-thirds of the price. Stow Lake itself is a very small lake... more like a big pond. You can probably make 2 laps around the lake with... More 

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Lucknow, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The lake surrounds the strawberry hill and is fairly attractive. The lake presents some stunning views from the path going up the hill. There is a pagoda by the side of waterfall which gels well with the lake. The view in general is lush green but only marred by the peddle boats which look modern and some what out of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This used to be a fun destination for children, but now it has turned into an overpriced park feature. Charging to enjoy Stow Lake? The vendors need to be thrown out of the park! They think "all natural beef" hamburgers or hotdogs (on white flour buns) are in some way healthy? I cannot believe they would think the public could... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A gentle lakeside walk surrounds this lake, with a small island in the middle which you can cross over to save walking all around the lake. You can also hire pedaloes and rowing boats.

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Framlingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

I was rather underwhelmed by Stow Lake. As a birder, I had hoped for more wildlife (accepting it was mid-summer). As someone else has said, this is an ok spot for locals to jog round, but is no more interesting than the pond in my local park and if anything a little on the murky and unkempt side. Not for... More 

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I am a San Francisco native and have been to Golden Gate Park too many times to count, but believe it or not, I never rented a boat on Stow Lake. If you are going to the Academy of Sciences, the DeYoung Museum or the Japanese Tea Garden, it is a short walk up to Stow Lake, a small body... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Got here on a Friday and surprised to see there was ample parking around. We even moved the car closer to the lake which was nice. We did not have time to go paddleboating, chose to hike around Strawberry Hill instead. We loved the mini-falls! - hiked on top of it. We would have hike all the way to the... More 

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Additional Information about Stow Lake

Address: 50 Stow Lake Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone Number: 415 752 0347
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Golden Gate Park
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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