Inside Golden Gate Park, there is a doughnut-shaped lake with a small hill in the middle of it. Stow Lake and Strawberry Hill are fun places to discover if you like to do a little hiking. You can also rent pedal boats and row boats and explore the lake itself. It is a peaceful retreat in the middle of San Francisco.
This is Golden Gate Pavilion, a Chinese peace pagoda. It was gifted to the park by Taipei in 1976.
You can easily spot assorted wildlife, including turtles and seagulls around the lake itself.
Once you cross one of the two bridges onto Strawberry Hill, you can see Huntington Falls, which is man-made, but still charming.
Fact: Strawberry Hill is named for the wild strawberries that used to grow on the island. You can hike all the way to the top. When the flowers are in bloom, the walk up is just beautiful. There is a lot to see, and this is just a sample.
On a clear day, you get exceptional view of San Francisco from the top of the hill. Today, it was mostly fog.
This was a really fun place to explore; great for family outings or a solo morning hike. Just another thing to love about Golden Gate Park. If you happen to be in San Francisco, spend a little time here. It is a great way to reconnect with nature in the middle of a bustling city.