Why we Love It: Golden Gate Bridge views; grassy areas for kids to play
What's Provided: picnic tables, grills, restrooms
Getting There: MUNI 28 to the Golden Gate Bridge; PresidiGo Shuttle – Crissy Field Route; paid parking nearby
If you're looking for a place to host the great American barbeque, look no further than the Crissy Field West Bluff Picnic Area. Located near the Golden Gate Bridge, the views here are breathtaking.
What to Do
A hot spot for all kinds of festivities – from birthday parties to family gatherings to work get-togethers – West Bluff has everything you need for a great day outdoors. There are many large picnic tables here, along with barbeque pits. On a weekend day, you will want to arrive early – very early – to grab a spot. Once you do you will be treated to views of Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the Marin Headlands.
West Bluff is an excellent base camp for a day at Crissy Field. Nearby you will find East Beach for sunbathing or dancing in the surf with the kids. The young and young-at-heart will also enjoy learning about the aquatic life of the bay at the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center or about amazing military architecture at Fort Point National Historic Site.
Many enjoy throwing Frisbees on the vast grassy field where airplanes first started landing a century ago. Keep in mind that the same bay breezes that carry those colorful disks could suddenly make you very chilly. Dress in layers as the fog could roll in at any moment.
Restrooms are located nearby near the Warming Hut, where you can also grab a delicious lunch if your picnic is impromptu – and a memento of your visit at their lovely park store. All proceeds benefit the park.