Parks

Sunlight shines through canopy at Muir Woods
Parks
On six days in 2021, 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.
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.
People head toward the Visitor Center under an umbrella on a rainy day
Parks
The towering redwoods of Muir Woods are waiting for you! On six days in 2021, 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.
Our Work
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...
Aerial view of Ocean Beach showing waves lapping against the shore before San Francisco, along with the Golden Gate and Marin Headlands in the background.
Parks
Picture a 3.5-mile stretch of white beach with few tourists and no highrises. It's just you and the waves and the seabirds at Ocean Beach, on the westernmost border of San Francisco, adjacent to Golden Gate Park. Scroll through our photo gallery of beloved beach.
National Geographic

Here’s how a desolate rock in the middle of San Francisco Bay became a tourist hotspot—and horticultural haven.

The Alcatraz Historic Gardens with the Power Plant seen in the background.
Parks
Alcatraz Island is the Bay Area's most unique daytrip. In fall 2020, boats were running at 20% capacity to allow for social distancing, giving people plenty of room to roam on the island. Here are photos that capture this unique time on the island, along with the history, gardens, and...