The Presidio of San Francisco is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It is a former military base and a park on the northern tip of the Peninsula of San Francisco. The Presidio of San Francisco was built in the year 1776 as the “El Presidio Real de San Francisco” in a Spanish colonial architectural style. The park was transferred to the National Park Service on the 1st of October, 1994 for public and commercial uses.
The Presidio of San Francisco became recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1962 and it was also recognized in 1933 as a historical landmark of California.
The park is a fun place for visitors. It has features such as hills, wooded areas, and scenic vistas overlooking the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, and some other iconic places in the city.
With a very rich history that spans back to the period of the Ohlone people, the Presidio’s numerous relics are preserved at the park in indoors and outdoors collections.
The Presidio of San Francisco has a Park Archives and Records Center that contains more than five million documents, oral histories, historical photographic images, and maps relating to all the geographical areas of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Visitors can carry out or conduct in-person research with the PARC research finding aids at the Park Archives and Records Center (PARC). These researches could be carried out via individual appointments or during the scheduled regular hours of the park’s walk-in research.
Presidio of San Francisco has about eight scenic overlooks and more than 24 miles of hiking trails for exploring the area. The trails include the Bay Trail, the Golden Gate Promenade, the Anza National Historic Trail, Presidio Promenade Trail, portions of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, Ecology Trail, and the Coastal Trail. Visitors can rent a bike to explore the Presidio paved roads of about 14 miles and even along some trails that are unpaved.
Among the numerous outdoor activities that visitors enjoy at the Presidio of San Francisco, is the classic sport recreational facilities which includes the tennis courts, golf course, athletic fields, and the bowling alley. The park also offers crabbing and fishing opportunities near the rocks. Visitors also have great photography opportunities in the beautiful park.
The Presidio is also a great attraction for kids to learn. The park is strongly committed to young people. It enables kids to read a wide variety of interesting and educative books and enjoy its varieties of outdoor activities. Kids enjoy the outdoor classrooms of the park and its educational resources that cover the dramatic coastal preservations, historic landmarks, fragile native habitats, and ancient redwood groves.
There are public guided tours for visitors at the presidio. Groups can book an appointment from the attraction’s website, given at least 3 weeks’ notice.