Crissy Field and Fort Point
Enjoy classic San Francisco views of Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point, and excellent people watching from well maintained multi-use trails around and through this historic air field.
- Fort Point and Crissy Field are part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and contain pieces of the Bay Trail.
- Fort Point is at the South end of the Golden Gate Bridge, so is linked hostorically to the bridge. The fort is open for exploring (three floors).
- Marine Drive (leading to/from Fort Point) has a rocky coastal edge alive with crabs!
- Crissy Field has it all - sandy beach, fishing pier, wetlands with a pond, grassy lawns, picnic and bbq areas, benches, bathrooms, cafe / shop, and museums.
- Views of great San Francisco sites including the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, downtown, Coit Tower, Alcatraz, and Angel Island. Watch ships come and go, as well!
- If you're up for a picnic, but didn't bring your grub, shop at the Warming Hut at the West end of Crissy Field, Crissy Field Center South of the center of Crissy Field, or the Marina Safeway just past the East end of Crissy Field.
- The Marina District of San Francisco is just South of East and central Crissy Field - walk over for shopping or a bite to eat.
- The Presidio is just South of the West end of Crissy Field - a beautiful place to bike or drive (from Crissy Field).
- The large old buildings along Mason Street, on the South side of Crissy Field are beginning to become modernized and house businesses. Stop at Sports Basement for some great deals on Sports Equipment or clothes, take a class / join a fitness group, or nurse your baby at one of their many comfy couches.
- Enjoy relics and modern artifacts, classes, and other educational opportunities at one of Crissy Field's museum / science centers. They include Crissy Field Center (603 Mason St.) and Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center (off of Golden Gate Promenade in the Park).
- Wildlife include gulls and other ocean birds, crabs, fish, egrets and other wetland birds, dragonflies, wild flowers, and seals / sea lions on occasion.
- Dogs are allowed on leash.
- You can fish or crab with a permit off of the pier at the West end of Crissy Field (and there are plenty of experts there to show you how).
- Bicycles and rollerblades are allowed.
- With its close proximity to the ocean, the Historic Airfield at Crissy Field is a great place to fly a kite!
This area is breezy - dress in layers!
All main trails are wide and flat, constructed of fine gravel or paved, so are suitable for wheelchairs. The Warming Hut and Crissy Field Center are fully handicapped-accessible, and both have bathrooms.
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