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Crissy Field

Crissy Field is the Presidio's "front door." The northern waterfront offers spectacular views, unparalleled recreational opportunities, and the chance to glimpse rare birds feeding on native plants and frolicking in the restored marsh.

The shoreline once housed the first air coast defense station on the west coast, famed for innovation during "aviation's adventuring years." ‚ÄčToday, it is the most visited area of the Presidio, with visitors enjoying imaginative new uses inside historic buildings or exploring the wild open spaces restored by the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, with generous support from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund.


First in Flight

An historic black and white photo of an airplane in front of a hangar at Crissy Field.

The Last Word in Airfields

The U.S. Army established an air coast defense station on the north shore in 1919, beginning a bold era of flight. Read More >>

Making a Great Public Space

A photo of many people running on the Golden Gate Promenade (Bay Trail) at Crissy Field, with Doyle Drive in the background.

Restoration + Recreation

The northern waterfront has become a spectactular recreational destination thanks to a decade-long restoration effort. Read More >>

See, Do, Learn, Explore

A photo of Fort Point underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, with numerous walkers and hikers on a trail directly in front.

Fort Point National Historic Site

See where cannons once defended San Francisco Bay.
A photo of several young girls on a kayak in the bay, participating in an educational program.

Farallones Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center

Hold the baleen of a blue whale, touch a sea otter's pelt, and feel a shark's saw-like teeth.
A photo of numerous people enjoying a picnic at West Bluffs, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

East Beach and West Bluffs Picnic Area

Enjoy picnic tables, barbecue pits...and amazing views.
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