• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking towards San Francisco at sunrise.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

Fort Mason

View of Golden Gate National Recreation Area Headquarter Building 201

Fort Mason
Golden Gate National Recreation Area Headquarters
Bldg 201, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 561-4700

Fort Mason, once an historic army post located at the edge of the San Francisco Bay, is the headquarters for both the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Park Conservancy.

How do I get there?

Download the Fort Mason map, which contains public transportation information (pdf file, 122 kb) or go to the Parks Conservancy page which has a Google map function. Visit the Fort Mason accessibility page to learn more about getting around the site. Paid parking is available at Fort Mason Center, entrance off Marina Boulevard.

What are the Fort Mason activities?

Paved, accessible trails and steep steps connect Fort Mason's upper and lower units. In between, the Great Meadow slopes down from upper Fort Mason to the Marina. These grassy hilltops and hollows are great for picnicking, sunbathing, walking, or sports activities. The meadow also offers wonderful views of San Francisco's hilly skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge.

The visitor information center at the park headquarters' Building 201 provides maps and park-wide information. To learn more about the historic army post, download the Fort Mason self-guided walking tour (pdf file, 445 kb). Explore the Fort Mason Center with its historic piers and warehouse, home to a wide variety of environmental, cultural and art organizations. Also visit the Parks Conservancy's activities calendar to learn more about events at Fort Mason and throughout the park.

Where can I eat?

From the Fort Mason Headquarters Building 201, you can walk about ¼ mile west to the Marina Safeway. There are also places to eat at Fort Mason Center. "Greens", the famous vegetarian restaurant, is open for lunch and dinner and also serves beverages and pastries. Take-out service is available during the day (415- 771-6222). "Cooks" offers sandwiches and soups at this small facility (415-673-4137).

What is the history of Fort Mason?

For information on this historic army post, please visit the Fort Mason history page. You can also download the Fort Mason self-guided walking tour (pdf file, 445 kb).

Can I walk my dog at Fort Mason?

Please visit the park's pet management page to learn more about walking your dog at Fort Mason.

Who are the park partners at Fort Mason?

Parks Conservancy
Fort Mason Center
San Francisco Fisherman' Wharf Hostel

How do I get a permit for my event at Fort Mason?

Please visit the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's permit page.


Did You Know?

Fort Mason dock area filled with army supplies

Fort Mason's San Francisco Port of Embarkation played a critical role during World War II. During the 45 months of war, 1,647,174 passengers and 23,589,472 measured tons of supplies were shipped out to the Pacific from here.