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America's most relaxed city

San Francisco is a city that wears its charms on its sleeve. The views of the bay, ocean and woods to the north and east from this very walkable city’s famous hills are spectacular, as is the food, nightlife and intellectual climate. From its true birth during the Gold Rush, the city by the Bay has been home to renegades, social movements and artists of all stripes. Don’t miss the vibrant Mission District, cool North Beach, or the shopping Mecca of Union Square.

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Stow Lake

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Stow Lake

Take a relaxing cruise around this circluar lake in Golden Gate Park

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At Stow Lake, visitors can rent paddle boats, electric motorboats or rowboats for a relaxing experience. Tourists will notice still-life painters and joggers while they cruise by the wildlife along the grassy shoreline. The boathouse is open daily and rents boats, as long as the weather is fair.

Stow Lake is a nice stop for those with families or who are need of some down-time. You will hear lots of giggling as tourists bump into each other’s boats. If you have children with you, look for the turtles relaxing on rocks, and bring something to feed the ducks. Strawberry Hill, the artificial island in the center of the lake, is a perfect place for a sunny day picnic.

Stow Lake
50 Stow Lake Drive, Golden Gate Park San Francisco, CA, San Francisco
415 752 0347
Boat rentals are available daily from 10am to 4pm