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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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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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Nice leisure walk around the lake

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Lucknow, India

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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Baltimore
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280 helpful votes 280 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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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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114 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 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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80 helpful votes 80 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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78 helpful votes 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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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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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

For some outdoor fun in San Francisco it is fun to go boating on Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. It is fun to take either row boats or paddle boats out. We also like the lake for its peaceful scenery within San Francisco. It is a nice place to take a walk. We have enjoyed having a picnic here.... More 

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Becker, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My friends and I had a great time row boating on the lake. It could have been very serene if we hadn't decided to get competitive... I loved all the inlets and corridors one could take around the islands, and there was a good amount of wildlife to enjoy along the way. Very lovely scenery. I would definitely come back.

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Address: 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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