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“Hidden Gem in san Francisco” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sutro Baths

Sutro Baths
Point Lobos, San Francisco, CA (The Richmond)
+1 415-561-4323
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Ranked #73 of 719 things to do in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Located at the westernmost point of Lands End, the Sutro Historic District encompasses Sutro Heights, the Sutro Bath ruins and the historic Cliff House.
San Francisco, California
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“Hidden Gem in san Francisco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Let's start with free parking. A great hike down a lot of stairs to begin with and the a stroll along the water front West of the Golden Gate bridge. Look for "Sutro Sam" the river otter who has taken up residence in the former Sutro Baths. Afterwards stroll down to the Cliff House for a cocktail and watch the sunset.

Visited January 2013
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“Not many places like this you can reach on public bus.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

This one was so easy to get to. Bus 38 I believe. We had the Muni visitors passport which saved us a boatload of money. It's amazing to think that only 100 or so years ago this was still an area people came to to use the baths. The wind and water make it look like ancient ruins and for that makes the site look even more impressive, rather than just a run down lido from a few generations back. Feel like you are at the end of the world with the waves crashing and the smell of the sea. You can pretty mic walk wherever you feel safe walking. Be aware the waves can be big and the wind mighty. If every public bus went to such amazing sites public buses would not have such a bad reputation. And the cool thing is you are only about 15 minutes away from San Fran.

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“Part of San Francisco local history”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

This is a place where the locals would go for a nice walk on a good day. The ruins of public baths, a cave and a park are available to the public. Few international travelers are aware of them. Sutro Baths were linked to a former San Francisco mayor named Adolph Sutro who was a millionaire and mining engineer. Over on the Sutro Heights (the place right opposite to the Sutro Baths' sloppy entrance), Sutro built a Victorian estate in the 1880's with formal gardens and hundreds of European statues. Unfortunately 2 stone lions were the only remains. But don't miss the photo displayed which shows its gate and its wonderful once-standing European statues.

Visited December 2012
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“San Francisco history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

What you see is what's left of a huge swimming venue that provided citizens of San Francisco with a place to hang out and enjoy the waters. You can walk down into the ruins (use care) or look at them from the parking lot above (next to the Visitor's Center). There are trails from the parking lot, or from Louie's Restaurant (check out the poster they have in their window), or from the Land's End Trailhead. Fun area to explore. Great views of the opening to the Golden Gateway.

Visited November 2012
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“Memories of what was”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Not much to see today, just concrete ruins of what was one of the finest Bath Houses from the 1800's. Great views, very rugged and windswept, and some great walking trails start here.

Visited October 2012
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