Affordable San Francisco Experiences in the Presidio
Spanning nearly 1,500 acres in a spectacular setting at the Golden Gate, the Presidio of San Francisco is defined by its history, spectacular views, natural habitats, and beautiful opens spaces. As a national park within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Presidio offers free and affordable ways for visitors to enjoy this public land.
Take the PresidiGo Shuttle
Get to the Presidio—and around it—on this free and accessible transportation option running from downtown into the park seven days a week. You can’t miss the bus with the trees, shuttling between the Embarcadero BART station, the TransBay Terminal, and the Presidio’s Transit Center. Within the park, hop on and off the Around the Park route.
Opened in 2017, the Presidio's Visitor Center offers a great introduction to the national park and former military post. Check out the engaging historical exhibits, maps, and gifts. Gear up for your day outdoors. Let our bilingual staff help you choose your adventure. Kids, ask about the Explorer Backpack or Geocashing!
Get On A Bike
The Presidio is a biker's paradise, with 1,500 acres to explore. 25 miles of bike paths connect to popular trails along the Marina, the Bay, and, of course, across the Golden Gate Bridge. Start at Fisherman’s Wharf, or rent within the Presidio at Sports Basement. Try an electric bike share for conquering the Presidio hills.
Hike A Trail
There are 24 miles of trails to hike in the Presidio, including guided art or history walks, and those with interpretive signage. Trails meander through forests, along beaches, around Mountain Lake, and to overlooks providing some of the best views in San Francisco. No matter your age or ability, there's a trail loop for you.
Go For the View
Eight scenic overlooks are located in the Presidio along the park's trail system to give you multiple opportunities for great—and free!—Instagram-worthy shots. The Presidio provides the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay to the north, and the Pacific Ocean and Lands End to the west. Views of the city from Crissy Field can’t be beat.
The Presidio Officers' Club’s robust exhibitions about the history of the Presidio intrigue, educate, and excite—and all of them are free! View the oldest adobe wall of the original fort, El Presidio de San Francisco, and fascinating artifacts discovered in the live archaeology dig site. Relax by the fireplace in the grand Moraga Hall, the Presidio’s “living room”.
Have A Picnic
The Presidio is home to some of San Francisco’s best picnic spots, including Baker Beach and Crissy Field. They feature picnic tables, nearby restrooms, and epic views of the Golden Gate Bridge. For a quieter setting, try El Polin Spring or Immigrant Point Overlook. No reservations required! From March to October, the Presidio Trust and Off the Grid present Presidio Picnic, the perfect opportunity to try a wide variety of food, enjoy free cultural dance performances the third Sunday of each month, and admire the view of the bridge and bay. This family- and dog-friendly gathering features free bike riding lessons for the kids, and yoga and games for all.
What better way to experience Mexican cuisine than with specially-priced tacos and pitchers of margaritas at Arguello Restaurant? Spread out on the sunny outdoor patio and enjoy special drink pricing before 5 p.m., Wednesday to Friday.
Discover Hidden Art
Four remarkable pieces by Andy Goldsworthy are sprinkled throughout the Presidio grounds, the largest such collection in North America. The world-renowned Goldsworthy created "Spire", "Wood Line", "Tree Fall" and "Earth Wall" from reclaimed Presidio trees in his site-specific style. Download the map and take a self-guided walk, or let our docents lead the way.
Hit the Beach
The Presidio is home to many of San Francisco's best beaches, notably Baker Beach and Crissy Field. You can catch sight of many shorebirds, as well as dolphins and whales if you're lucky. Spread out your blanket, relax to the sound of the surf, and enjoy dipping your toes into the ocean.