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East Beach + West Bluffs Picnic Areas
 
Crissy Field is a great place to gather with friends and family across a picnic table. Bring a basket, enjoy the scenery, and catch a spectacular sunset from East Beach or the West Bluffs.
 
Picnic sites are also available in the Presidio at El Polin Spring, Baker Beach, and Immigrant Point Overlook.
 
 
East Beach 
The recently updated East Beach picnic area is the perfect place to enjoy an amazing view of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Located at Crissy Field near the Marina Gate, East Beach features picnic tables, barbeque pits, and restrooms. Those who don’t feel like packing a picnic can stop by the Beach Hut Café inside Crissy Field Center for a sandwich or cold beverage (or hot cocoa if the fog has rolled in). While the afternoon winds can make this a blustery spot, visitors are treated to a view of the nearby kite surfers casting off from the shore.
 
After a picnic, explore the sites nearby. Just to the east is Crissy Marsh, where birders might spot a Great Egret, migrating ducks, and other shorebirds. Birds have flocked here in astounding numbers since the marsh was restored in the early 2000s. Continue along the Golden Gate Promenade (Bay Trail) to take in the other wonders of the northern shoreline.
 
The picnic site is managed by the National Park Service Special Park Uses Group (SPUG). Visit the SPUG website for information about group permits, or contact them by phone at (415) 561-4374.
 
 
West Bluffs 
The West Bluffs picnic area is at the end of the Golden Gate Promenade (Bay Trail). From here the view of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands, and Angel Island is breathtaking. Picnic tables are coveted on sunny days, so get here early to grab a spot. Barbeque pits are available, and restrooms are nearby. Forget to bring a snack? The Warming Hut Café offers breakfast and lunch fare, as well as great books and souvenirs.
 
From a base camp at West bluffs, there is so much to see: the Civil War-era Fort Point where cannons once protected San Francisco Bay; the Gulf of the Farallones Visitor Center; and the nature and wildlife of Crissy Field. Explore the area on foot or rent a bike at one of the businesses that has moved into rehabilitated historic hangars and warehouses on Mason Street. Walk out on Torpedo Wharf to get an iconic picture of the Golden Gate Bridge.
 
The site is managed by the National Park Service Special Park Uses Group (SPUG). Visit the SPUG website for information about group permits, or contact them by phone at (415) 561-4374.
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