Things To Do

Whatever you are looking for in a national park, chances are Golden Gate has it. There are so many trails, historic structures, natural areas, and public programs in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area that the hardest thing to do is decide which one to try. Whether you are making a full day trip, or just have two hours or less to spend in the park, here are some great activities to try!

Getting your cancellations is easy! Click here to browse the Virtual Passport Stamp page and virtually visit Golden Gate NPS.


Trip Ideas

For more information about operating hours at the specific sites please refer to the Operating Hours and Seasons page.


Plan Ahead

  • Camping

    Camp underneath the stars at one of our four sites in Marin Headlands.

  • red flower in foreground, lush hill, ocean and cloudy sky in background

    Taking to the trails is a fantastic way to discover all that the GGNRA have to offer

  • group of men and women gathered around fire on ocean beach
    Recreational Fires

    Recreational fires are permitted and regulated only at certain sites

  • Programs

    Get to know Golden Gate through Ranger-Led and Docent-Led Programs.

  • roving ranger truck with brochures on ledge

    Want to learn a little context about a park site before your visit?

  • paper dragon

    Engage with the park through various art experiences and installations.

  • Aerial view of Fort Baker building during lush spring time
    Eating & Sleeping

    Staying a while? Check out one of the park's partners or concessioners in the area.

  • Pacific coast, tree lined, marin headlands

    Download the park app before your trip for tours, info, and more on your phone.

  • Image of a coyote peaking out from tall green grass.
    Wildlife Viewing Guidelines

    Keep the "Wild" in Wildlife.

  • map of ggnra

    What park maps are available?

  • Group of people walk along trail in mori point
    Self Guided Brochures

    Have more time to explore the park? Download a self-guided walking tour.

  • People walk on draw bridge leading out to Point Bonita
    Digital Tours

    Travel back in time via audio tours! Download to your device before you go.

  • A baby seal hangs over pools edge, nose to nose with its reflection in the water
    Nearby Attractions

    Partners and organizations near Golden Gate National Recreation Area

  • Crissy Field, bridge reflects in lagoon
    Passport Stamp

    Visit the parks in person or virtually, and print out a passport stamp(s) for your book.

  • People fishing on torpedo wharf at sunset

    Fish responsibly, get permit information and find the best places for fishing in the park.

  • Large metal shelves filled with boxes. These shelves are on a track and moved by a crank.
    Archives Visit

    Discover the history of the park on your own by exploring the many collections preserved here.

Last updated: October 5, 2023

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123-0022


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