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LAKE MERCED... In the southern-most part of the city, bordered by the Ocean, Sloat and Junipero Serra Boulevards, and the county line you'll find the Lake Merced Area, home to San Francisco State University , Stonestown Galleria, Fort Funston , the San Francisco Zoo and Lake Merced herself. Spaniards named the lake Laguna de Nuestra Senora de la Merced, or Lake of Our Lady of Mercy. One amazing fact about Lake Merced is that somewhere between 1869 and 1895 the lake metamorphosed from salt water to fresh water.

Stonestown Galleria is just up the street. An indoor mall identical to those in suburbia, you'll find the standard chain stores: Gap, Williams-Sonoma, Nordstrom, Macy's, Victoria 's Secret, etc. If you don't want to deal with parking downtown, Stonestown provides an alternative, if generic, shopping experience.

For a little exercise, there are several choices in the neighborhood. Lake Merced a five-mile circular path around the edge of the lake popular with joggers, walkers, rollerbladers, bicyclists and dog walkers. You can also fish in Lake Merced in designated zones, and rent small boats… If you're more in the mood for salt water, head to Fort Funston . It's an old army fort that sits on top of bluffs overlooking the Pacific. Walk its myriad paths or stroll down to the beach. On windy days, hang gliders take off from their designated launch and landing site.

 

 

 

 

CIVIC CENTER

   

COLE VALLEY

   

• COW HOLLOW

   

• THE EXELSIOR

   

• THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT

   

• FOREST HILL

   

• THE HAIGHT

   

• HAYES VALLEY

   

• INGLESIDE

   

• INNER SUNSET

   

• LAKE MERCED

   

• LAUREL HEIGHTS

   

THE MARINA

   

• NOE VALLEY

   

• NORTH BEACH

   

• THE MISSION

   

• NOB HILL

   

• PACIFIC HEIGHTS

     

• POTRERO HILL

     

• THE PRESIDIO

     

• THE RICHMOND

     

• RUSSIAN HILL

     

• SOMA (SOUTH OF MARKET)

     

• THE SUNSET

     

• TELEGRAPH HILL

     

• TWIN PEAKS

     

• UNION SQUARE

     

• WESTERN ADDITION

       

• WEST PORTAL STREET /

       

 

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