• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking across the bay back towards San Francisco, seen in the distance.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

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    Every year people drown in the surf off Northern California beaches - don't let it be you! Be extra alert on park beaches during the winter storm season. Do not turn your back on the shoreline and watch for extra powerful “sneaker” waves.


Click on any of the following links to learn about the many different historic places at Golden Gate.
historic image of Ocean Beach and Cliff House

Lands End

Learn about the city's picturesque edge that includes the Cliff House, Sutro Heights, Sutro Pleasure Grounds at Merrie Way and the Sutro Baths ruins.

photo of troops in formation on Fort Baker parade ground

Fort Baker

Learn about the history of Fort Baker, a 1905 military post located in the Marin Headlands.

aerial of Fort Barry

Fort Barry

Learn more about this historic army post and its powerful guns constructed along the Pacific Coast.

Fort Point and the Golden Gate Bridge

Fort Point

Learn about the masonry Civil War fort that continues to guard the Golden Gate straits.

photo of Fort Cronkhite barracks

Fort Cronkhite

Learn about Fort Cronkhite, a World War II cantonment located in the Marin Headlands.

Fort Mason Headquarters, Building 201

Guide to the Park's Architectural Styles

Learn more about the park's architectural history and learn to identify the buildings' various architectural styles.

color postcard of the Fort Mason Officers' Club

Fort Mason

Learn more about this Civil War post that was also the headquarters for the San Francisco Port of Embarkation.

Troops conducting drills in front of Montgomery Street barracks at the Presidio

Presidio of San Francisco

Learn more about this National Historic Landmark that was first established by the Spanish in 1776 as a military base, then a Mexican out-post and finally a United States army post.

aerial of Alcatraz Island


Learn more about the colorful past of this island which includes a Civil War citadel, an army prison, a federal penitentiary and now a part of the National Park Service.

the main trail at Muir Woods

Muir Woods

Learn more about one of the world's only old-growth coastal redwood forest.

An illustrator's rendition of Portola and his party discovering San Francisco Bay

San Francisco Bay Discovery Site

Learn more about the site in Pacifica where Spain's Gaspar de Portola first discovered the San Francisco Bay.

Did You Know?

Franciscan rocks of the Golden Gate Headlands

Studies in the Franciscan Complex in the San Francisco area were instrumental in providing scientists with an understanding of subduction processes and their geologic results.