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

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

Area: Richmond

Phone: 415 752 0347

Open Hours: Boat rentals are available daily from 10am to 4pm

Category: Tours and Sightseeing

Price: Free


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