Winter Surf Warning
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.
Learn about the history of Fort Baker, a 1905 military post located in the Marin Headlands.
Learn more about this historic army post and its powerful guns constructed along the Pacific Coast.
Learn about Fort Cronkhite, a World War II cantonment located in the Marin Headlands.
Learn more about the park's architectural history and learn to identify the buildings' various architectural styles.
Learn more about this Civil War post that was also the headquarters for the San Francisco Port of Embarkation.
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.
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.
Learn more about one of the world's only old-growth coastal redwood forest.
Learn more about the site in Pacifica where Spain's Gaspar de Portola first discovered the San Francisco Bay.
Did You Know?
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.