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  • Address: Building 201, 1st Floor, Fort Mason
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is the largest urban park in the world, covering three counties along nearly 30 mi (48 km) of pristine shorelines. The area wraps around the northern and western edges of the city, encompassing a variety of attractions. Here are some of the highlights:

Aquatic Park, adjacent to the Hyde Street Pier, has a nice swimming beach, while Fort Mason Center holds a variety of museums, theaters, and shops, often with views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Marina Green is a favorite local spot for kite-flying, jogging, and walking along the Promenade. The Golden Gate Promenade is San Francisco’s most scenic biking, jogging, and walking path. The Promenade travels along the shore past Crissy Field and ends under the Golden Gate Bridge, at Fort Point.

On the western edge of the bay, Baker Beach draws sunbathers, anglers, and hikers. A little farther around the coast, Land's End provides a lower and upper hiking trail, which winds through wind-swept cypresses and pines on the cliffs above the Pacific.

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area extends into Marin County, where it encompasses the Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument, and Olema Valley behind the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Practical Info

Park visitor centers are located in Crissy Field Center, Alcatraz, Fort Point Bookstore, Marin Headlands, and Muir Woods. The park headquarters and visitors center is located in Fort Mason, at the cross streets of Bay and Mason. Here you can find a wealth of maps and information about camping, hiking and other programs for the Presidio, Alcatraz, Fort Point, Fort Funston, the Cliff House, Muir Woods, and the Marin Headlands. The MUNI bus system provides transportation to the more popular sites, including Aquatic Park, Cliff House, Fort Mason, and Ocean Beach.

Tours & Tickets

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Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1894 Reviews

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 8 hours

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Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Half-Day Trip

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Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $50.00

San Francisco Deluxe Half-Day City Tour

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Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

From USD $55.00
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Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise

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Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes

From USD $79.00

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour

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Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $55.00

San Francisco GoCar Tour

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Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Flexible

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San Francisco Fire Engine Tour

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Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours

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Bike the Golden Gate Bridge: San Francisco to Sausalito

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Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Tour lasts between 2.5 and 3 hours; bike rental valid for 24 hours

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