GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
SF Map: C-E, 1-4
|The Presidio served as a military station for more than 200 years. Union regiments trained here during the Civil War. Approximately 1,600 acres of parks and beaches are located in this northwest corner of the City.
Take a scenic walk or bike ride along the three-mile Golden Gate Promenade which starts at Aquatic Park, passes Fort Mason and the Marina Green and ends at Fort Point near the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. Fort Mason is a renovated cluster of army barracks which house a variety of nonprofit organizations and small cultural museums.
Fort Point is a three-tiered brick structure built in 1853 to fortify the Bay Area during the Civil War. Although the fort contains 150 cannons, it was never used for active defense. Today it's a museum offering daily tours.
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