Parks

Parks
Our parklands are precious, to us all and the plants and animals calling them home. That’s why we always recommend to minimize your impact by packing out what you pack in.
Picnic at Battery Wallace in Marin
Gateways Article
Here are our picks for top picnic spots, including great out-of-the way destinations for those crowded holiday weekends.
Kids stretch and play, running around the Presidio Tunnel Tops lawn.
Parks
Presidio Tunnel Tops is a new area within the Presidio national park site, free and accessible to all and opening starting July 17, 2022.
Presidio Tunnel Tops
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The Presidio Tunnel Tops Campaign exceeded its $98 million goal to build a world-class parkland and offer community and youth programs. The success of the Campaign demonstrates how much parks and open spaces mean to all of us. We thank all community members, leaders, partners, and supporters for helping us bring the Presidio Tunnel Tops vision to life.
An image of a walking path in the midst of a tiered garden.
Park E-Ventures Article
Facing the sunrise on a terraced hillside behind the General’s Residence at Fort Mason, Black Point Historic Gardens looks out on San Francisco’s Aquatic Park and the San Francisco Bay. This historic piece of land is just under one acre but manages to connect and open up the Golden Gate...
Screenshot of Google Street View of Crissy Field
Parks
Using Street View by Google Maps, you can take a 360 virtual tour of some of your favorite spots and trails on the iconic Crissy Field. Before you leave on your digital adventure, take a look at our instructions for how to navigate the parks using Street View by Google Maps.
Sunlight shines through canopy at Muir Woods
Parks
The towering redwoods of Muir Woods are waiting for you! On six days in 2022, all national parks and national monuments that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone, including Muir Woods in the San Francisco Bay Area.
San Francisco Chronicle

“Seeing the return of natural landscapes is a very inspiring thing,” said Christine Lehnertz, president and CEO of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, which has worked to bring these and other projects in the Presidio to pass. “One piece at a time adds up to so much more.”

From left, Middle School Summer Programs Instructors Imari Keith, Aiden Koontz, Kathleen Wong, Olive Tambou, Dion Chung, and Nhi Nguyen. The six youth leaders from summer 2019 were all past participants in Crissy Field Center programs.
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Parks are a place of recreation, healing, exploration, education, and wonder. Continue your park adventures even during shelter in place and find your next experience on Park Youth Exchange, where you can find dozens of virtual programming for students, families, and kids of all ages.
A light dusting of snow on Mt. Tamalpais
Parks
We get more mild winters here in the Golden Gate National Parks then some of our friends at parks like Yosemite or Yellowstone—but we certainly do have subtle seasonal changes to enjoy. Dramatic early sunsets behind the Golden Gate Bridge, a wintery palette of coastal vegetation, and the (very) occasional...