Beginning Date: Summer, 2011
Completion Date: May 8, 2012

The first on-site center dedicated to telling the stories of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Center welcomes visitors, provides orientation and information services, houses exhibits, and offers high-quality commemorative and interpretive merchandise.

  • The new Welcome Center opened to the public on May 8, 2012—in time for the 75th anniversary of the famous icon.
  • The 3,500-square-foot, energy-efficient, modular building was constructed off-site.
  • In addition to interpretive panels, the Pavilion showcases a 12-foot Bridge "test tower" used in 1933.
  • The new, nearby Golden Gate and Pacific Overlooks are now open to the public.

Trail Improvements

A biker enjoys the newly improved trails around the Golden Gate Bridge Plaza, Photo by Mason Cummings.

In concert with visitor-experience improvements around the Golden Gate Bridge’s southeast plaza, a series of enhancements were completed along the Battery East Bay Trail, including:

  • Separate lanes for bicyclists and pedestrians to ameliorate safety.
  • Bold new wayfinding signage.
  • Improved trail grade to meet outdoor accessibility standards.
  • Revitalized landscape with native plants.



Contact Information

Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center
Open 7 days a week