Every neighborhood in San Francisco has its own personality, from the hippie chic of the Upper Haight to the hipster grit of the Mission. The Marina district boasts trendy bistros and postcard-perfect views of the Golden Gate Bridge, while Noe Valley offers quaint and quiet boutiques. Wave hello to the sea lions at Pier 39, and sample local cheese and charcuterie at the Ferry Building. Sit in on a yoga session in Dolores Park or marvel at the Dutch Windmill across from Ocean Beach.
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Through much public involvement and political workings, Golden Gate National Recreation Area was created in 1972. The headquarters for the new park was established in the post’s original army hospital. As part of the redevelopment effort for the park, many of the underutilized, temporary army buildings were removed to create Fort Mason’s Great Meadow, as open space for city’s residents and visitors alike. Fort Mason Center, located close to the water at Buchanan Street and Marina Blvd. hosts several complexes of renovated military buildings, at the hub of the first urban National Park, visitors can discover all the vitality and diversity that make San Francisco one of the most exciting cities in the world. The concept that inspired creation of the GGNRA was to bring the park to the people. It is the bustling activity at Fort Mason Center that brings people to the park. Fort Mason Center combines, as perhaps no other place in the country, a magnificent setting in the heart of a great city with cultural activity for people of diverse interests and backgrounds.
We decided to spend a day exploring San Francisco on foot. We headed towards Ghirardelli Square (for ice cream), via Hyde Street Pier to view the historic ships. We then walked around the bay to the hill that goes up towards the meadow. It's quite a steep hill, but we kept stopping to admire the views out towards Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge - we even managed to watch a tiny hummingbird hovering between trees. At the top of the hill you look down on the Fort Mason buildings and ahead of you is this large grassed parkland. We visited in February and it was warm enough to spot families having picnics and office workers relaxing during their lunchbreaks. There were a group of teenagers playing football, and an ice-cream van serving much-needed refreshments. Alternatively, take the steps down to the Fort Mason buildings where you'll find lots of cafes, art galleries and art supply stores. It was a lovely walk
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From its vantage point overlooking the spectacular Golden Gate, Fort Point protected San Francisco harbor from Confederate and foreign attack during and after the U.S. Civil War. Its beautifully arched casemates display the art of the master brick mason from the Civil War period.
There is an awesome view of the Bridge from here. Inside the Fort, there are cannons on display. There is a gift shop too. You are supposed to be able to get on roof for more views but it is closed due to construction. It is only opened on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We bought our hiking stick medallions from here and collected 2 passport stamps. In addition, the parking lot is less likely to have car break ins (and it is free!). I saw NPS service truck driving back and forth. In addition, if you take the quick walk to the Crissy Field warming hut, there is a pier for more cool Bridge shots. Also, there is also a path across from the warming hut that takes you all the way up to the Golden Gate so you can walk across it.
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I saw the bay from a great vantage point with my kids I I also noticed vast construction going on I a massive reconstruction going on now
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