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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

2 Marina Boulevard (at Buchanan Street), Bldg 201, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123 (Golden Gate Park)
415-561-4700
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Ranked #13 of 375 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Parks, National Parks, State Parks
Activities: Walking, Inline skating, Hiking
Owner description: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the nation's largest national park in an urban area, encompasses nearly 81,000 acres. Spanning Marin, San... more » Owner description: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the nation's largest national park in an urban area, encompasses nearly 81,000 acres. Spanning Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties, Golden Gate National Recreation Area also includes areas such as Alcatraz Island, Muir Woods National Monument, Fort Point National Historic Site, Presidio of San Francisco, and the Marin Headlands. « less
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Cape Town
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge made up for the stifling heat experienced in San Francisco this past September !!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The Golden Gate NRC is a great place to visit to get a good feel for the iconic landmark that is the bridge. I'm not sure where the area begins and ends, but the signage is good, restrooms are in good supply and you can get gifts and drinks/snacks. Superbly kept place.

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laconia, nh
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This venue does a GREAT job articulating what it took to create this near-wonder of the world. What a great spot and a great gift shop too. The view cannot be beat either. A must-stop on any visit to SF.

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Nice park sitting at the side by the bridge, it has a large glass house and fountains in the park. Very nice to be away from the rush and crowds in the city. Pleasant walk round and not too big a place. Large stone building to the side with rows of chairs for concerts.

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Granite Bay, California
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44 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Many interesting places to visit. Wear a good comfy pair of walking shoes! Do be careful about the people around you; while you are enjoying the park, they might be trying to help themselves to your purse or wallet!

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Klamath Falls, Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

I've seen the pictures many times, but nothing compares to actually being there. Watched a surfer catch a few waves (gotta be careful, there's rocks there!), was able to get some gorgeous pictures and just fell in love with it. The imposing, yet stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge was not to be taken lightly. Something to see, definitely!

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Berkeley, California
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15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I visited the National Recreation Area starting at Fort Mason and heading toward the Golden Gate Bridge itself. Even though it was a Sunday it wasn't all that packed (but it was earlier this month) and I was able to bike the entire way. Starting from the fort there's a paved road that makes it easy for both road and... More

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Golden Gate Bridge. The area around the bridge was beautifully groomed with flowers and succulent's. The area was very clean. We were disappointed that the gift shop wasn't open tho.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Visited on a Sunday with a friend. We were walking through the park to get to the bridge. There is a long, straight, flat path that you can walk, run, or bike along. The water is directly next to you and there is a beach area and a place to have a cook-out/bbq. If planning on walking or biking the... More

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Really a natural haven in the city area. We saw a good number of birds, butterflies and squirrels and enjoyed relaxing in the sun.

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