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Fort Mason

Performing Arts Venue and Park
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco
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  • Maxim V.
    "Nice park and good sunset view with the Golden Gate Bridge"(6 Tips)
    ALCHEMIQ Catering
    "Great view of Alcatraz, Golden Gate and the city!"(5 Tips)
    Jake S.
    "Walk up the hills here to get a fantastic view of the bay."(18 Tips)
    Emily M.
    "Great place for a picnic on a sunny day!"(4 Tips)
89 Tips and reviews
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  • golden gate bridge
  • alcatraz
  • picnics
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  • SFist
    SFistMarch 10, 2016
    It's the start of Off the Grid's weekly food truck party, with 11 new additions this year and a lineup that typically attracts around 9,000 people. The fun starts at 5 PM every Friday until October. Read more
  • AskMen
    AskMenNovember 4, 2011
    If you want to learn to play guitar, Blue Bear music school is here. If you want to try the best vegetarian food in SF, check out Greens. For comedy improv, they have the BATS improv troupe. Read more
  • Danielle F.
    Danielle FMay 5, 2013
    Farmers Market on Sundays with an impressive selections of veggies, fruits, bread, cheese and fish. Items change with the season so every week you will find something new. Support the local farmers!
  • Exploratorium
    ExploratoriumAugust 16, 2011
    Play with the free Outdoor Exploratorium exhibits at Fort Mason! You can taste the tides, race speed and light, and use the Golden Gate Bridge as a thermometer. Maps of all exhibits are in Building A. Read more
    TruthorDare.usMay 14, 2011
    We dare you to go to Alcatraz Island and see the first lighthouse ever built followed up with a visit to the museum at The Rock to see all the interesting items collected from Alcatraz.
  • Roxy A.
    Roxy AMay 22
    Come on a sunny day with a Swell bottle full of rosé, some snacks and a picnic blanket and enjoy the spectacular view with friends.
  • Exploratorium
    ExploratoriumNovember 1, 2011
    Is it a windy day? Most days around 3 or 4 p.m., the Fort Mason area receives the most gusts. Check out our Outdoor Flying Birds exhibit that only flies when it's windy! Read more
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 31, 2012
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2012 Winner – Editorial Pick- Best Full-Contact Fun with (Clothed) Strangers. SF Footy’s Coed Australian Rules Football. Situated within a Tecate’s throw of the infamous... Read more
  • Scott R.
    Scott RoseOctober 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I like this place for the Magic Theatre, Greens vegetarian resto, and as a place to start a nice flat 9km round trip run to Fort Point.
  • Jon M.
    Jon McDonaldApril 22, 2014
    Also known as "Frat Mason" this is the Marina bro counterpart to the Mission's Dolores Park. At least walk through it along the coast. At most, eat a sandwich with a beer on the lawn.
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TFebruary 13
    Great central view of San Francisco. See Golden Gate, Alcatraz, and some of the skyline from here.
  • David H.
    David HJuly 28, 2015
    This is a great place for 2 hour free parking on the west end of fisherman's wharf!
  • Kate S.
    Kate SchreckDecember 15, 2015
    Historic spot filled with great views of amazing places all over San Francisco! I love this place!
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinMay 25, 2015
    A great venue for events or just walking around, particularly down by the water.
  • Tu L.
    Tu LamMarch 30, 2013
    Get there early, some vendors run out of chocolates for sale. Eat some food to help settle your stomach
  • Geoff R.
    Geoff ReinhardtAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Perfect place to spend a warm SF day. Stop by the Safeway next door for beers and snacks.
  • Luis C.
    Luis CastroOctober 8, 2015
    Excellent for a walk and watch the bridge. Also off the grid is here every Friday.
  • American Express
    American ExpressJune 22, 2011
    Head over to Off the Grid where you'll find the best food trucks in town! Our Amex Travel specialists recommend the tacos.
  • Crispin M.
    Crispin McCabeJanuary 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    There's an inexpensive place to get coffee or a light meal in the back of the Youth Hostel.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyMarch 13, 2016
    Proximity to parks is nice. Beautiful views over the water
  • John K.
    John KiddeSeptember 5
    Beautiful view of the water. Great photo op spot.
    Upvoted Oct 22
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰May 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Biannual Vintner's is the best! Get ready to day drink hundreds of different wines!
  • Frank D.
    Frank DieboldAugust 22, 2014
    Go here for the bridge view. After, walk Chestnut St in marina district
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    The Children’s Art Center (it’s in Building C) offers drop-in art classes; call to check times. PS: You can shop at Safeway across the street while the kids are in class. Powered by ParentsConnect.c Read more
  • Hard R.
    Hard RockerJuly 30, 2016
    Great place to walk around. Great photo ops.
  • George S.
    George S.May 12, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If u are visit the upper part of Fort Mason @ Bay & Franklin keep in mind there is road construction happening. Driving in/out is a little confusing at the moment.
  • Crispin M.
    Crispin McCabeJanuary 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    A lot of skunks call the big meadow their home. See them frequently, never seen one agitated by people walking around.
  • Tim O.
    Tim O.March 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Park rangers giving tickets for having glass bottles. Even if it's just water!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJuly 10, 2012
    Walk up the hills here to get a fantastic view of the bay.
  • Rajesh M.
    Rajesh MidhaApril 13, 2016
    Nice views from the end of the pier
  • Amy B.
    Amy BOctober 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Some hidden gems here. All wth great views. Look around.
  • Paul V.
    Paul VousdenSeptember 22, 2012
    Great place to hang out and enjoy the views but take your trash with you
  • ALCHEMIQ Catering
    ALCHEMIQ CateringAugust 26, 2011
    Walk down to the water! Great view of Alcatraz, Golden Gate and the city!
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonJuly 10, 2016
    Yoga in the park is great here!
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda ChadwickJuly 5, 2013
    So much fun!! It's like the Delores Park near the Bay!!
  • Kerem S.
    Kerem SuerAugust 1, 2011
    If you walk your pup off leash, watch out for the rangers, $100 ticket is no fun!
  • Russell B.
    Russell BeattieMarch 6, 2009
    Go have a picnic behind the Hostel at Fort Mason. There's a quiet green space behind the building above the tourists with views of the bay, an old canon and picnic tables.
  • Martha H.
    Martha HughesDecember 16, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Check the local calendar to see what's going on, something happening every day of the week!
  • Carlitos M.
    Carlitos MgmJanuary 4, 2014
    Great view to Golden Gate bridge
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolJanuary 15
    Fog design and art. January 14th and 15th
  • Rob R.
    Rob RayOctober 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place for some sloshball, or just catching some sun!
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolJanuary 15
    Dumplings on Sunday's farmers market
  • Maxim V.
    Maxim VosJuly 31, 2016
    Nice park and good sunset view with the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Emily M.
    Emily MeersandSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place for a picnic on a sunny day!
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MoselleSeptember 11, 2010
    awesome dog and people watching... if you don't mind tourists on bikes headed towards the gg gate.
  • Forrest
    ForrestJanuary 26, 2015
    It's only a 30 minute walk to the fisherman's warf
  • Michael O.
    Michael OsmanFebruary 23, 2014
    You can always find a spot to sit.
  • Iris R.
    Iris RodriguezDecember 20, 2011
    Great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CJuly 13, 2015
    Nice walk up a hill on the way to the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Andrea
    AndreaSeptember 28, 2013
    Books galore!! $1-$3 per book
  • james v.
    james vlietMay 25, 2012
    The weather is great and the view is beautiful !
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰April 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The wastebaskets are always full of Bud Light boxes
  • Brittany H.
    Brittany HarrisonFebruary 24, 2010
    SF Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting. Enjoy full glasses of (good!) wine to the fullest.
  • Robert K.
    Robert KeransAugust 7, 2011
    If you are walking at night, bring a flashlight.
  • Cris P.
    Cris PearsonMay 28, 2012
    Smell the eucalyptus trees and imagine you're in Australia.
  • Simon J.
    Simon JosefssonApril 1, 2014
    Walk around in the community garden!
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰February 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    There's always a lot of Bud Light in the garbage receptacles
  • Mister A.
    Mister ArcherMay 30, 2010
    Look up. every once in a while you'll see the parrots of telegraph hill up in the palm trees. Good luck!
  • Patrick S.
    Patrick SeamensJune 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    There are parrots in the trees.
  • Shubhankar S.
    Shubhankar SharmaDecember 19, 2011
    Soak the sun @ fort mason green
  • Make a Splash
    Make a SplashApril 13, 2013
    Is this the marina's version of Dolores Park?
  • nils j.
    nils jansonJune 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Dolores Park's douchier, brosteppier cousin.
  • meredith m.
    meredith mayJune 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The kids I nanny for love the "secret" garden behind the main building.
  • Soleio
    SoleioNovember 7, 2014
    If you decide to host a conference here, plan for poor acoustics.
  • E M.
    E MixonMay 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    mingle with other attractive people
  • Jess P.
    Jess PoshepnyAugust 23, 2010
    I was going to say one thing but I didn't want William to be mad when he checks in.. So have fun!
  • Ellen F.
    Ellen FaulknerJuly 4, 2013
    Don't bring glass!
  • Chris D.
    Chris DonatielloJune 26, 2010
    Come by our table at Pinot Days and ask Robert or Ashley for " something special"
  • Jessika S.
    Jessika SJanuary 1
    It's really breathtaking
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 20, 2015
    Very pretty view
  • Andrij T.
    Andrij TrushFebruary 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Orchid Festival
  • Philip W.
    Philip WoodrowApril 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Head on over to greens. And get the strozzapretti. Awesome.
  • Jenny S.
    Jenny SaftFebruary 2, 2014
    Great view...
  • Mark C.
    Mark CarstersenMarch 16, 2009
    Go to Bay Area Theater Sports (BATS) and take an improv class! They have basic Improv as well as improv for shy people, singles, business people, etc.
  • Paula Mae P.
    Paula Mae PacisMarch 30, 2012
    Book sale!!
  • Melissa Ayr - Contemporary Art - Artist that Paints with Air
  • Carrie C.
    Carrie CollinsNovember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Wow, ski and snowboard fest? Some white trash up in hurrrrr
  • Cory L.
    Cory LanderfeltMay 21, 2015
    Frat on, bros.
  • Makinsey L.
    Makinsey LaxoApril 30, 2011
    So. Many. Boys... Swoon 
  • Greg E.
    Greg ElwellApril 13, 2010
    Needs more capacity on their Wi-Fi network.
  • George S.
    George S.October 9, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    Photographed the Blue Angels fly with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
  • Evan W.
    Evan WatersMarch 16, 2014
    No bottles. Cans only bro
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KnappApril 25, 2010
    Drink beer. Be merry.
  • Doug W.
    Doug WilliamsMarch 13, 2010
    Chill and chill hard.
  • Mark C.
    Mark CarstersenMarch 16, 2009
    Go to Fort Mason and see a Bay Area Theater Sports (BATS) improv show!
  • Ron G.
    Ron GoldinMarch 12, 2009
    Howl at the full moon!
  • Pri S.
    Pri SantosAugust 30, 2016
    Fui ao Fort Mason duas vezes pra o Of The Grid que é o festival de Foodtruck. É muuuito legal, a vista antes de chegar lá é muito linda também pra quem vem pelos piers. Leve um bom sobretudo!! :)
  • Maria P.
    Maria PodolyakApril 12, 2013
    Театральные постановки, Арт галлереи, вегетарианский ресторан, вид на Голден Гейт. После изучения местности направляйтесь в парк справа от форта и полежите на травке.
  • Melinda D.
    Melinda Davan-SoulasApril 20, 2014
    Venir pique-niquer avec le Golden Gate Bridge en toile de fond
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