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The Greatest: Five Ways to Get Moving in the Park

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 Category Kids and Family; Recreation and Wellness

Thanks to months of much-needed rain, the Presidio is lush and alive, making this the perfect time to get out and get active. If you’re looking to enjoy all the spring season – and our extended daylight hours – have to offer, we have a few suggestions for ways to get moving in the Presidio. ​

Get Rolling


Rent a bike from Presidio Sports Basement, get geared up at Roaring Mouse Cycles, or bring your own bicycle and take an epic ride on the park’s 25 miles of bikeways. If you want to get the kids ready to roll, bring them to the Presidio Community YMCA’s free YBike training program on First Sundays of the month at Presidio Picnic. The Y’s professionals will teach the little ones the rules of the road so they can join you in your cycling adventures.

Learn more about bike trails in the Presidio >>

Get into the Flow of Things


There’s more than one place to say “Namaste” at the Presidio. Baptiste Yoga, A Body of Work Studio, Planet Granite, and the Presidio Community YMCA offer regular classes. If you want to get the little ones into the pose, It’s Yoga Kids is the place to get started. And if an affordable alternative is what you’re after, Presidio Sports Basement offers free Sunday classes for both adults and families, and A Body of Work Studio offers free yoga classes just prior to Presidio Picnic on Sundays. Grab your mat!

Come to Presidio Picnic for a day of sun salutations, international food, and spectacular views >>

Get the Littles Moving

playing field

There are plenty of ways to help the kids burn off some energy – whether it’s on the park’s trails, learning how to ride through the YBike Presidio training program, taking a swim lesson at La Petite Baleen or the Presidio Community YMCA, bouncing at House of Air, or taking a class at Presidio Dance Theatre. You can also throw a ball around on the Main Parade Ground or head over to Julius Kahn Playground and Field, a favorite spot for a picnic lunch and bathroom break.

Learn more about all the great kids and family activities in the park >>

Try Something a Little Different

indoor rock climbing

Tired of your everyday workout? Try something different in the Presidio. From rock climbing at Planet Granite, to a swing of a bat at Batter’s Box SF, a work out session at San Francisco CrossFit to playing 18 holes at Presidio Golf Course, we’ve got it all.

Visit our Recreation and Wellness page to learn about places to go in the Presidio to get healthy >>

A Trail Loop that is Welcoming to All

accessible trail

Within the Presidio’s 24 mile trail network there is a three-mile loop that everyone can enjoy no matter their mode of travel – be it by foot, bike, wheelchair, or stroller. The loop showcases the best of the Presidio and includes portions of six park trails: Bay Area Ridge Trail, Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, California Coastal Trail, Presidio Promenade, and Park Trail. Along the way you'll enjoy gentle slopes, firm surfaces, forest groves, historic buildings, and incredible views of San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Explore this loop through this PDF map >>

Learn more about Presidio trails >>