Crissy Field is a beach-side park that I recommend to anyone visiting the San Francisco area. Crissy Field is within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which encompasses a large area with many experiences, including the Presidio, Muir Woods, Acatraz, Fort Point, or more.
Crissy Field is an outdoor park that has a sandy beach, walking and biking paths, picnic tables, and even a tidal marsh. Activities include wind surfing, or fishing and crabbing with no license needed. The park has great views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, and bird watchers might even find something that peaks their interest.
The beach at Crissy Field is big and beautiful. It can get crowded on beautiful days, but what else would you expect from something so beautiful that sits right next to a major city? The beach is deep enough that many people choose to launch their kites from here, to kite surf the bay.
The Hut and Wharf
Further West, toward the Golden Gate Bridge, Crissy Field opens up into grassy fields, The Warming Hut, and Torpedo Wharf. The Warming Hut is a decent sized store where you can buy coffee, sandwiches, and souvenirs. Next to the Warming Hut, you can rent fishing poles or crabbing nets, which you can use on Torpedo Warf without need of a fishing license.
Crissy Field’s location offers great views of Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. While I was there, I also saw a bunch of birds, both water birds and a bird of prey.
If you continue walking West from Crissy Field over to the Golden Gate Bridge, you will come to Fort Point. This is the old fort that originally protected the bay, which they almost tore down to build the bridge, but it was saved and now sits underneath the Golden Gate Bridge!
Fort Point is a free historical site that has information about both the fort and about the Golden Gate Bridge, making it a great site to visit. Fort Point is where I learned that the Golden Gate name refers to the entry into the bay, and the Bridge was named afterward. I had always thought that the Golden Gate Bridge was named after its iconic color (which I know is not Gold). There is more interesting information available, but I will save that for another post.
For anyone visiting San Francisco and wanting to experience a little bit of the great outdoors, I definitely recommend Crissy Field. Visitors can relax or ride bikes, have a picnic or catch dinner, and even see kite surfing and beautiful birds. This is even a great spot to stop if you are just visiting other parks nearby like the Presidio or the Muir Woods.
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