Want to learn about free Ranger led programs? Have questions about the wildlife or history of the area? Need to buy souvenirs? Discover Golden Gate National Recreation Area's helpful visitor centers, bookstores, and resource centers at multiple destinations through out the park.
Open: All year and closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. There are various locations on the island that are closed off to the general public certain times of the year, due to the nesting of a variety of sea birds.
Fort Point National Historic Site
Open: Friday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Closures: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Special Programs: There is a tour of the fort led by one of the staff on a daily basis.
Exhibits: There are various exhibits within the fort itself, where the Fort Point Bookstore is also located. On the first floor there is an exhibit about the fort's history and construction, and Civil War soldier responsibilities. On the second floor are exhibits about hospital stewards, the Fort Point lighthouse, and African-American "Buffalo" soldiers and their struggle for acceptance. On the third floor there is an exhibit about the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. Visit our website for more information.
Available Facilities: The Fort Point Bookstore is located inside the fort and is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call (415) 673-5642. An accessible restroom is located outside the fort; south approximately 100 yards.
Phone: (415) 504-2334
Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center
Open: Daily—9 AM to 6 PM
Location: At the Golden Gate Bridge viewing area at the south end of the bridge.
Closures: Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
Exhibits: Model of bridge tower used in testing original bridge design, artifacts like rivets and hardhats, Building the Bridge video. Outdoor exhibits in plaza area.
Marin Headlands Visitor Center
Open: Wednesday through Monday—9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Note: As of June 5, 2018 the visitor center is closed on Tuesdays.
Location: Fort Barry, Building 948 Sausalito, CA 94965.
The Marin Headlands Visitor Center is located in the historic Fort Barry Chapel, at the intersection of Field and Bunker Roads. The Visitor Center is approximately 3 miles from either entrance to the Marin Headlands.
Closures: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Special Programs: Rangers answer questions and lead scheduled interpretive walks and programs. For more information on park programs please check the Parks Conservancy event listings.
Available Facilities: Bathroom facilities are located on the west end of the Marin Headlands Visitor Center parking lot.
Exhibits: The Center's exhibits introduce the Headland's natural history and trace the area's human history from the days of the Miwoks through modern times. You can see how a hawk flies and look through a microscope at the hidden life of local ponds. A Miwok shelter invites you inside to listen as present-day Coast Miwok people talk about their lives. A shop carries a good selection of books and field guides about the area.
Phone: (415) 331-1540
Lands End Lookout
Open: Daily—9 AM to 5 PM
Muir Woods National Monument
Open: Open All Year 8:00 AM to Sunset. Visit gomuirwoods.com for reservations.
Presidio San Francisco Visitor Center
Open: Daily, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Crissy Field Center
Open: Crissy Field Center is open to program participants.
Location: Crissy Field Center, 1199 Each Beach, Presidio of San Francisco, CA
Special Programs: The Center acknowledges the interdependence of peoples, cultures and environments and therefore encourages socially and ecologically responsible actions that respect the earth and its natural and urban communities. The physical and social landscape of the Crissy Field area has taken on many different faces, from the Native Americans to today's National Park. At each phase in history, the environment was impacted in a significant way. The Crissy Field Center seeks to recognize this history in an innovative approach to environmental education, using the resources of our National Park. The new interim facility was built using sustainable materials. Today, the Center includes a media lab, arts workshop, urban ecology lab, and gathering room providing fun, provocative and educational experiences for people of all ages. To learn more or to sign up for programs, visit the Crissy Field Center website.
Phone: (415) 561-7690
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Last updated: September 13, 2019