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Southern Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, this 1480 acre park historically significant places and spectacular natural areas to visit where a wide variety of recreational activities are possible.
The Presidio is an historical complex of cultural and natural heritage spanning for thousands of years when Native Americans called it the Ohlone managed and harvested. In 1776, Spanish soldiers and missionaries arrived, forever disrupting Ohlone culture and beginning 218 years of military use of the area.
The Presidio served as a military post under the flags of Spain (1776-1822), Mexico (1822-48), and the United States (1848-1994). As a U.S. Army post, the Presidio protected commerce and trade, and played a logistical role in every major U.S. military conflict from 1848 until closure.
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Golden Gate National Recreation Area is one of the largest urban national parks in the world and offers many historically significant places and spectacular natural areas to visit where a wide variety of recreational activities are possible.
Bay Bridges Tour
Five famous historic bridges span the San Francisco Bay. Discover each in this special feature tour. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay Bridge, Dumbarton, San Mateo-Hayward, Richmond-San Rafael bridges.
Crissy Field Center
Building 603 at Mason and Halleck St, San Francisco, CA; (415) 561-7690;
Open Wed-Sun : 9AM-5PM;
Overlooking the marsh, this former US Coast Guard station includes an activity area, learning and computer labs, a teaching kitchen, library, and an information area and bookstore. A rich array of education programs that serve the community while focusing on the convergence of Urban and Natural Environments.
Farallones Visitor Center - Special exhibits for the ocean marine sanctuary located just offshore.
Presidio Visitor Center
Presidio Officers Club, 50 Moraga Ave, San Francisco, CA; (415) 561-4323;
Open Daily : 9AM-5PM (Exc: major holidays); Center Website;
Rotating exhibits and Information on points of interest and Presidio history. (Temporary Location while main structure goes through earthquake retrofitting.)
Tour California Academy of Sciences
Discover the universe around you with these facilities that include a quality aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and many special learning programs located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Post Interfaith Chapel
Main Post Chapel - (415) 561-3930; Chapel Website;
A fine example of Spanish Colonial Revival built in the early 1930s, with features that embellished early mission churches. Stained glass windows depict virtues of military character, and a large wall mural depicts the peacetime activities of the Army. The Chapel is now available for public ceremonies, weddings, events, and memorials.
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Cyclists can explore the area on 14 miles of paved roads and along some unpaved parts of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.
Presidio Hiking Trails
Over 11 miles of hiking and ecology trails including the following major routes:
World-class board-sailing area borders Crissy Field
Fishing and crabbing adventures start from the nearby rocks and pier.
Of special notice is the opportunity for photography of scenic views of the Bay Area and the Presidio's historic architecture.
Golden Gate Club
135 Fisher Loop, San Francisco, CA; (415) 561-5444; Club Website;
Beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival-style exterior, was the site of several historic treaty signings during the early days of the Korean War.
Adobe walls of the original Spanish fortress (dating back to the early 1790s) are incorporated into the front wings of what evolved into the Officers' Club of the early 1900s.
Exploratorium - at the Palace of Fine Arts
3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123; (415) 561-0399; Museum Website;
Open Tues-Sun 10AM-5PM (Closed Mondays except is open for major holidays);
An experimental, hands-on museum designed to spark curiosity – regardless of your age or familiarity with science, with hundreds of exhibits to touch, look through, pick up, and tinker with, let curiosity be your compass to endless discoveries!
The park also contains numerous sports facilities and athletic fields:
The Presidio Golf Course
300 Finley Road, P.O. Box 29063, San Francisco, CA 94129; (415) 561-4661;
First founded in 1895 as one of the earliest courses on the West Coast. Historical figures such as Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower have golfed here. Today, the course is open to the general public and is home to San Francisco's only public grass-tee driving range with 6-hole practice putting green and practice bunkers.
The Golf Clubhouse is tucked into the oldest part of the Presidio Forest and offers a warm and pleasant atmosphere for daily lunch, weekend brunch, private banquets, weddings and social receptions.
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Fort Point National Historic Site
Presidio of San Francisco; (415) 556-1693;
Open Fri-Sun : 10AM-5PM (Exc: major holidays); NPS Website;
Massive bay fortress was built by the U.S. Army 1853-1861 and is nearly identical in design to Fort Sumter, S.C. Although it never fought in any battles it was defended by 102 cannon and 471 men and was the principal center of defense on the West Coast until 1900.
Today it is a museum with videos showing the history of the fort and the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge which looms massively overhead.
Cannon-loading demostrations are given at Noon.
To reach the fort turn off Lincoln Blvd at Long Ave.
Gulf of Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
Crissy Field Visitor Center; Sanctuary Website;
Protects an area of 948 square nautical miles (1,255 square miles) off the northern and central California coast. Located just a few miles from San Francisco, the waters are part of a nationally significant marine ecosystem. Encompassing a diversity of highly productive marine habitats, the Sanctuary supports an abundance of species.
Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association - dedicated to protecting Sanctuary wildlife and habitats.
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The carefree ambiance of the Caribbean beckons in one of America’s most unusual cities. It’s a place where shopping, sightseeing and relaxing fill your days and where tightrope walkers and fire-eaters create a festive backdrop to the setting of the sun.
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