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America's most relaxed city

Called “The Paris of the West,” San Francisco is a city that wears its charms on its sleeve. With weeping views of the Bay and the Pacific coast from its famous hills, it’s also known as America’s foodie capital and one of the world’s intellectual hubs. 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, the famous hippie neighborhood of Haight-Ashbury, or the shopping Mecca of Union Square.

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Stow Lake

Stow Lake

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

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

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, 94118 San Francisco
415 752 0347
Boat rentals are available daily from 10am to 4pm