Temporary Closure of Waters Around Alcatraz Island
From 7/3 to 9/22 a 500’ marine buffer zone is in effect, closing the perimeter of Alcatraz Island to all private vessels to protect nesting seabirds during America's Cup racing. Tours to Alcatraz continue as usual during the races. More »
Muir Beach (but not nearby Muir Woods) closed July 8-November 2013, but local businesses are open
Though Muir Beach is closed from July 8-November 2013 due to construction, the PELICAN INN IS OPEN. Restrooms and parking are not available at Muir Beach. Pacific Way is closed except to residents. Check back for updates or call (415)561-3054. More »
CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
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.
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?
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?
Please visit the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's permit page.
Did You Know?
Nike missiles were designed to protect key industrial and military centers, not civilians.