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Crissy Field with Views of the Golden Gate Bridge

Views of the Golden Gate Bridge from Crissy Field

Take in spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge span from the edge of Crissy Field in the Presidio

Crissy Field: A Testament to Nature’s Resilience and Human Ingenuity

Nestled within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Crissy Field stands as a beacon of natural beauty and historical significance in San Francisco. This former U.S. Army airfield, transformed into a thriving national park site, offers residents and visitors alike a picturesque escape with panoramic views of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. The story of Crissy Field is one of monumental restoration, community effort, and ecological rejuvenation, making it a must-visit landmark in the city.

Crissy Field with Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands User:Something Original [CC BY-SA 3.0 (]
Crissy Field with Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands
User:Something Original [CC BY-SA 3.0 (]



Crissy Field’s history is as diverse as the city it resides in. Originally a tidal marsh and seasonal home to the Ohlone Indians, the area has served various roles—from a Grand Prix raceway to a historic army airfield, and a U.S. Coast Guard station. The airfield, part of the Presidio of San Francisco, closed after 1974 and eventually came under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service in 1994. By then, Crissy Field had fallen into neglect, a shadow of its potential as a public space.

The transformation began in 2001 when the Parks Conservancy undertook its signature project to restore Crissy Field. This monumental effort turned a derelict military site into a vibrant, 100-acre tidal marshland and waterfront park. The restoration involved planting over 100,000 native plants and reintroducing a variety of fish and bird species to the area, revitalizing its ecological diversity.

View of Golden Gate Bridge from Crissy Field photo by: Atvishalmishra [CC BY-SA 4.0 (]
View of Golden Gate Bridge from Crissy Field
photo by: Atvishalmishra [CC BY-SA 4.0 (]


Crissy Field Today

Today, Crissy Field is a jewel in San Francisco’s urban landscape, offering a flat, hard-packed promenade perfect for walking or biking. It features stunning beaches, picnic areas, tidal marsh overlooks, and some of the best windsurfing spots in the city. The Crissy Field Center, an urban environmental education center for youth, underscores the area’s commitment to fostering a connection between the community and the natural world.

The restored tidal marsh now supports an impressive array of wildlife, including 17 fish species and 135 bird species, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and a living classroom for educational programs.

Not to be Missed

  • Golden Gate Bridge Views: Crissy Field offers unmatched views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, providing a perfect backdrop for photography and sightseeing.
  • Environmental Education: The Crissy Field Center offers programs that engage youth in environmental stewardship and multicultural learning.
  • Recreational Activities: With its beaches, trails, and windsurfing areas, Crissy Field caters to a wide range of outdoor activities.

Location, Address, Website, and Hours

  • Location: Crissy Field, within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA
  • Website: Parks Conservancy – Crissy Field
  • Hours: Open daily, with specific programs and facilities having varied hours.

Why You Should Visit

Crissy Field is more than just a park; it’s a symbol of successful ecological restoration and community effort. Its transformation from a neglected military site to a beloved urban park demonstrates what is possible when nature and humanity work in harmony. Whether you’re seeking a leisurely stroll with breathtaking views, a picnic by the bay, or an educational journey through San Francisco’s natural and cultural history, Crissy Field offers an experience unlike any other.

Old Crissy Field Coast Guard Station Photo By: Frank Schulenburg [CC BY-SA 4.0 (]
Old Crissy Field Coast Guard Station
Photo By: Frank Schulenburg [CC BY-SA 4.0 (]

Fun Facts

  • Historical Significance: Crissy Field has evolved from a tidal marsh to a military airfield, reflecting the rich tapestry of San Francisco’s history.
  • Ecological Restoration: The area is now home to a thriving ecosystem, with over 135 bird species observed since its restoration.
  • Community Engagement: The restoration of Crissy Field was made possible through the efforts of thousands of volunteers and the support of the community, showcasing the power of collective action.



Read about the incredible transformation: Once a tidal marsh and seasonal home of Ohlone Indians, Crissy Field’s colorful history has included a Grand Prix raceway, a historic army airfield, and a U.S. Coast Guard station. However, by the time it came to the National Park Service from the U.S. Army in 1994, the site had fallen into neglect. The site has been transformed into the 100-acre tidal marshland and waterfront park we enjoy today.


Nearby Points of Interest

Fort Mason: Once a United States Army post, this 1,200 acre is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Center. The remaining historic buildings are still in use with the military and also rented for civilian uses such as art galleries, dining, music instruction and the Fort Mason Arts and Culture Center. Off The Grid at Fort Mason: Largest gathering of food trucks in the city. Every Friday night from March through October. Enjoy live music while trying a variety of ethnic cookery.
You’ve seen it in movies, television, books, and postcards – now go ahead and take a walk on it! And don’t forget your camera.
Union Street Shopping: Amidst chic shops and restaurants, enjoy the brightly painted Victorians and secret courtyards. As much fun at night as it is in the daytime.
 Shops, shops, and a plethora of great seafood restaurants line the Wharf, where you still see vestiges of the old fishing crafts used by the Italian immigrants who brought the Wharf to life after the Gold Rush.
 Once a U.S. Army post, today the Presidio is a national park unlike any you have experienced before. Home to museums, restaurants, recreational destinations, art installations, trails, and the best views of the Golden Gate
– Mural-filled alley with perfect backdrops for Instagram and Tik Tok. Free and Family friendly. Located at 757 Beach Street near Hyde St.

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