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Stow Lake

50 Stow Lake Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
+1 415-752-0347
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Located in Golden Gate National Park. Small boats are available for renting to sail Stow Lake.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good40%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“row boat” (9 reviews)
“strawberry hill” (17 reviews)
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50 Stow Lake Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
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"row boat"
in 9 reviews
"strawberry hill"
in 17 reviews
"golden gate park"
in 25 reviews
"life jackets"
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"peaceful place"
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"the japanese tea garden"
in 3 reviews
"academy of sciences"
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"fun experience"
in 2 reviews
"boat trip"
in 2 reviews
"lots of fun"
in 2 reviews
"ducks"
in 19 reviews
"paddle"
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"waterfall"
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"pagoda"
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"rowing"
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"wildlife"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stow Lake is beautiful - we rented paddle-boats - the men working there were very nice and friendly - and the trip around the lake was wonderful. We saw birds, ducks, geese, turtles, lots of sun and shade. The highlight of our trip. We had...More

Thank NW1227
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

A few friends of mine and I were wandering around strawberry hill, enjoying some lovely panoramic views of SF, when we stumbled upon the Stow Lake boat rentals and thought what a lovely way to spend a sunny Saturday in January! There were 5 of...More

Thank Olivia W
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Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

I don't understand all the negativity regarding this place, maybe just avoid the food. You can easily have a wonderful time without the food. Anyway this place had a beautiful setting. Although it is man-made, it really doesn't feel like it. It is away from...More

Thank Evan L
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

Free for all and a great central park of the park. Stow lake acts as a moat for Strawberry Hill which is also a highlight. Well worth doing both of these attractions - bring your walking shoes and Camera!. 1980

Thank Albywon
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

What a perfect, unique place for a baby shower! We held it at Stow Lake with gorgeous weather and lots of friends!!! The paddle boats were sturdy and fun for all. The nautical theme was great. Lots of fabulous food, well wishes and joy. Now...More

Thank happy4travel
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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

We like to park and take a walk or two around the lake or cross the bridge and walk to the top of the water fall. Great time to reminisce about earlier visits with the kids rowing the rental boat too.

Thank BoulderNut
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Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

By any standards very expensive boat rentals to row/paddle on a decidedly sub par man-made water feature. Forget trying to walk here as well. The whole park is set up to be explored by car only.

Thank Stranger1975
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Just a short walk from the Japanese Tea Garden is Stow Lake and Strawberry Hill. Abundant with ducks, turtles and geese, this circular lake and central island make an idyllic place for a walk, a picnic and if you have energy to spare rent a...More

Thank KLE2013
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

While at Golden Gate Park this was one of the places we visited. There is a lot of wildlife around the water, ducks, turtles, birds and none of them seem to be bothered by anyone walking near them. I walked over to Huntington Falls and...More

Thank Cheryl T
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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Stow Lake is a fun diversion in a city full of so many great things to do! There is always lots of free parking around the lake even when all of the main streets are packed with cars and tourists. Bathrooms are usually clean. It's...More

Thank sfgogirl
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sebahlke2017
14 March 2017|
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Response from norma_gordon | Reviewed this property |
Sorry! I have no idea. When we went, the waterfall was running freely and i have some beautiful photos of my husband and I in a pedal boat in front of the waterfall.
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gisellgomez7710
14 November 2015|
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Response from happy4travel | Reviewed this property |
We thought the coffee was good. We were there for a party. Everyone seemed to enjoy the coffee and the venue.
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