Nike Missile Site SF-88

Nike Missile Site SF-88, Mill Valley: Hours, Address, Nike Missile Site SF-88 Reviews: 4.5/5

Nike Missile Site SF-88
4.5
National Parks • Military Bases & Facilities
Thursday
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Friday
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Restored Nike missile launch site located in the de-classified Fort Barry in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
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CoachRFM
Youngsville, NC137 contributions
interesting history
Sep 2019
Having been a Nike Hercules radar operator I found this area to be very interesting. The differences in they way the mission was carried out were as interesting as the similarities. A nice piece of cold war history.
Written November 12, 2019
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Scott B
St. Petersburg, FL673 contributions
Relive the Cold War if You Dare
Aug 2019
We had a little trouble finding the place once we got up on the Marin Headlands. When we arrived they were near closing time. The place is run by volunteers and they don't work overtime. We managed to join a tour that took us around the old facility. We went into the radar operator room and a storage facility for the missiles. But the best part of the tour was descending into the magazine that holds the Nike missiles. Once we were all down there, the guide pushed a big button and claxons sounded. Then the big metal doors above us crashed open. The Nike missile on the gantry began to rise up amid whirring electric motors.

The sights and sounds of this place are so evocative of the cold war that George Lucas is said to have recorded the noises to use in his first Star Wars movie.

The Nike missles had both conventional and nuclear warheads kept on site. The nukes were intended to be used to take out large fleets of bombers attacking the mainland. Thank God we never had to implement that strategy.
Written September 10, 2019
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Jus Traveled
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN11 contributions
While not much remains of this site!
Jun 2019
Standing in a predominate location near the top of a mountain and not far from the city of San Francisco, Ca. Stands the remains of this once mincing reminder of how the word could have ended as we know it. While time will only tell if man’s decision to take it down was the correct one. As we stand here within eye distance of San Fransisco, the Golden Gate Bridge to the southeast of us. A beautiful beach just a few miles further to the north. Full of families and friends spending a day relaxing in the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean. All of which just reminds man that we are not the owners of this world but just a temporary guardian of her while we are here. It is His plans that while we’re are here to use the earth in a way a good farmer tends the land in a way that it keeps the soil and water in the same or better condition than when he first tilled the soil the first time.
Written June 26, 2019
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Isie23
Hayward, CA46 contributions
Interesting
Jun 2019 • Family
We went to Sausalito to visit the Point Bonita light house however it was closed on Saturday. We end up going to Nike Missile Site. This historic site is amazing and informational. All the docent are very knowledgeable and funny. Most of them used to work in the site. The docent demonstrated the missile launching really cool. My boys learned a lot from the docent stories. Must see when your around this area.
Written June 2, 2019
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CrankingChick
Tucson, AZ7,883 contributions
Educational Historic Site with Free Tours
Aug 2018 • Couples
We really wanted to visit this historic site so we planned our entire road trip so that we could be at Marin Headlands on Saturday afternoon when it's open. Last August the hours were 12:30-3:30, but check the website because it's staffed by volunteers and the schedule is subject to change. There is no fee to enter the park or take the tour. The site is located about .4 mile south (uphill) from the Marin Headlands Visitor Center on Field Road; look for a gated chain-link fence. The short driveway leads into a small parking area where docents are available to greet visitors and organize them into tour groups. The day we were there, three separate docents were leading staggered tours, so we only had to wait about 10 minutes for our tour to start. The tour guide explained the history of the missile program and led the group to the various points of interest like the assembly garage, radar equipment, shipping containers, and underground storage bunker. Those who are physically able to walk down stairs can tour the bunker, but an elevator was also used to bring an (inert) missile above ground during the demonstration. Everything else was wheelchair-accessible. Two of the buildings were small and tight, but displays were visible through the doorway. The surfaces are asphalt, concrete and hard-packed dirt/gravel. There was some slope but not extremely steep. Most of the site is outdoors so tours may be cancelled in poor weather. Our docent was knowledgeable and the tour was educational and informative - well worth the hour we spent there. It was especially meaningful that a veteran was present who had actually served at the missile site. He described his personal experiences of having to jump out of bed in the middle of the night and run from the barracks to prepare the missile for launch - never knowing whether it was a drill or a real attack. The guides were friendly and responsive to questions. We appreciate that this important historic site is being preserved so future generations can learn about its significance. There's a scenic view of Rodeo Lagoon and Fort Cronkhite as well. The restrooms on site are portable toilets.
Written May 5, 2019
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kstheta
19 contributions
Free Tour of Nike Missile Site
Sep 2018 • Solo
The Marin Headlands is located at the South end of Sausalito. It's part of the GGNRA, Golden Gate National Recreational Area. Free tours are given of the Nike Missile Site and the Marin Mammal Center which are both located there. Also don't miss the Pigeon Point Lighthouse.
Written March 20, 2019
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OpenToNewAdventures
Fort Wayne, IN262 contributions
An unexpected treasure -- fun and VERY informative!
Oct 2018 • Family
We stumbled upon the Nike Missile Site just as a free tour was beginning. The tour ended up being the highlight of our day. A female guide explained the Nike missile program to a group of about 20 of us, including some very smart boy scouts. After her excellent background information, we were invited to go underground where the Nike missiles were stored. A WWII veteran gave the underground tour where we stood by beside a real missile. At the end of his information, he showed how the missile was activated. It was a stunning thing to see. Later on, something even more surprising happened. This is a great free tour!!! Good for kids upper elementary and higher.
Written October 26, 2018
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jonperona80
41 contributions
Rehearsal for WW3
Jul 2018 • Family
You visit the site with a tour group only but the guide's info are relevant AND it's a 30 min FREE tour. U get access to what used to be a restricted access camp so its impressive t be close to these missiles-so far so near to a historical disaster.
Still we were told it was a defense site which never had t use these baby killers..
Written August 23, 2018
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Dragonfly972
Castro Valley, CA216 contributions
A must see...especially during veteran's open house
Aug 2018 • Couples
In this particular time when people and countries are tossing "nuclear verbal slugs" at each other, coming to the Nike Missile site will make you think hard about THOSE people doing the trash talking...
We went on a first Saturday, when there are veterans at the site, giving educational talks, and recanting what it was really like to be working at that site. Super interesting, and super educational hearing their stories.
And, the big surprise was going 'down below' to where the missiles were kept, and loaded to the launch pads. They actually still work! If you have kids, they will love this place. If you are an adult, you will be just as interested and educated as the kids.
Written August 6, 2018
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laura74Chicago
chicago76 contributions
Veterans Open House
Aug 2018 • Family
I traveled to the Marin Headlands to see the Nike Missle Site during one of their Veteran Open Houses. It was a great way to learn about the history of the site and the Cold War from veterans that lived and served at this and other Nike Missle Site locations. Refer to the National Park Service website for dates and times of the open houses. We went the first weekend of August and it was free to the public. The Muni 76X bus is a cheap form of public transport to access this site and others in the Marin Headlands. Very enjoyable experience!
Written August 6, 2018
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Nike Missile Site SF-88 is open:
  • Thu - Sat 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM