Take Your Dreamboat to Stow Lake

True Romance in Golden Gate Park

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Call us softies, but we’re mush for love scenes involving a lake and a rowboat (hello, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook). 

A major face-lift at beloved Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park is the equivalent of movie magic.

The idyllic man-made lake and soon-to-be spruced-up boathouse, originally constructed in 1893, bring ballad-worthy romance within city limits. A new fleet of paddleboats, electric boats, and rowboats mean smooth sailing.

Also on deck? A revamped cafe (from Fish & Farm alums) opening later this year. For now, sample delights (hot dogs, piroshki, veggie spring rolls, seasonal vegan soup) from Let’s Be Frank, American Box, and La Cocina.

Get on board.

Stow Lake, 50 Stow Lake Drive, Golden Gate Park (stowlakeboathouse.com).

Photo: Jennie Nunn

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50 Stow Lake Dr
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118