The Presidio's range of activities — from hiking to historic gun battery demonstrations to happy hour cocktails — is impressive. With so many options to explore, you might need a little help planning your day in the park. A great way to begin is with a visit to the Presidio Visitor Center, located on the Main Post just opposite the
Presidio Transit Center.
Whether your interests run toward military history, rare birds, or long walks on the beach, park staff is here to answer your questions. The Presidio Visitor Center also keeps a supply of free maps and park brochures on hand, as well as a few park-related books for purchase to spur self-guided exploration.
In the viewing room, informative videos offer in-depth background on topics such as nature in the Presidio and the Juan Bautista de Anza expedition that led to the Spanish settlement of the post. The center's Buffalo Soldiers exhibit tells the story of African American soldiers in the segregated Army, with a replica camp set up, photos, and interpretive panels.
There are public restrooms both on site and across the street at the Presidio Transit Center, where you can continue your visit on the free
The Visitor Center is open Thursdays through Sundays, from 10 am to 4 pm. On Tuesdays through Sundays, staff at the nearby
Presidio Officers' Club is also eager to help you plan your park adventure.
Special Holiday Hours:
Closed Thanksgiving Day
Open Thanksgiving Weekend – Friday through Sunday
Closed Christmas Day
Closed New Year's Day
The Presidio Visitor Center will operate in this location while planning for a new, permanent location on the Main Post unfolds. The new Presidio Visitor Center is expected to open in early 2017.
The Presidio Visitor Center is operated by the National Park Service, the Presidio Trust, and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.