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Stow Lake: Tours & Tickets

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Located in Golden Gate National Park. Small boats are available for renting to sail Stow Lake.
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50 Stow Lake Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
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Reviewed August 24, 2019

In the middle of Golden Gate Park, Stow Lake offers a respite from the fast paced atmosphere that is San Francisco. There is a road that wraps around the Lake where you can park; there are also foot paths up to the lake and over...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank WillieMacfan
Reviewed August 16, 2019

We hired a four person pedal boat, and it was tough going pedalling the whole way around. It was pretty and a nice thing to do, but more physically demanding than a person with fairly low fitness levels would find enjoyable for the whole way...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed July 26, 2019

So amazing that this is available. This place is very peaceful and family friendly. We took our boys on a paddleboat ride around the lake, climbed strawberry hill, and ate lunch. Such a great day.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank treefrog1680
Reviewed June 10, 2019 via mobile

You'd never know that one of the busiest cities in the world is just outside this park. It is a beautiful place to walk. There are little boats for rent, which we would definitely like to do on a return visit. We walked around the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Go2theZoo
Reviewed June 1, 2019

Another hidden serene locale in a large city park. The walk around the park is good for people watching along with goslings everywhere. Take one of the bridges across the water and then hike up Strawberry Hill for some surprising views of the city. Because...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank CaptainSPI
Reviewed April 2, 2019

We piled in to our peddler boats and made it all the way around the island. We wish we had a guide or map to tell us more about where we were floating! The kids all wanted ghost stories of the lady who drowned her...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Sueandherteenagemob
Reviewed January 10, 2019

Very calm quiet place if you want to avoid the noise in SF. We saw blue herons, mallard ducks, grebes who go underwater and get fish (only lives in freshwater lakes which is the case here because the water comes from the mountain here locally,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank uncvcutraveller
Reviewed January 7, 2019

Stow Lake was a delight for the family Parking was easily available and free There was a mini-cafe with excellent food/drink options And the boat rentals were easy to come by. Kids loved it and so did my wife It was a cool day but...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank mo_ruch
Reviewed October 30, 2018

This lake is in the middle of Golden Gate Park, one of its many delights. Well maintained, good place for a stroll or to sit and relax.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed July 10, 2018

This was a very pretty spot. We had brought a picnic lunch and enjoyed it at one of the benches around the lake. Be warned though. There were large numbers of black birds that sat nearby us and one even jumped up and grabbed at...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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March 13, 2017|
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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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.