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San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge & Marina

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Golden Gate Bridge – The Golden Gate Bridge is a favorite landmark, and any bridge builders in your family will want to see it up close. Walk across the Bridge, view is spectacular – San Francisco Bay to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the San Francisco skyline looking south, the dark green headlands of Marin County stretching north.
      Pedestrian sidewalk is on the east side of the Bridge (okay for strollers).
      Stop at the outdoor Bridge Pavilion to find out more about how the Bridge was constructed.
      Parking at the Golden Gate Bridge is very limited, so use ridesharing (Uber, Lyft), or public transportation, #28 bus from Van Ness and North Point St. at Fisherman's Wharf.
      Tip: Summer can be foggy, and walking on the Bridge is typically windy, bring jackets.
fort point
  Fort Point The narrow opening to San Francisco Bay was once a key defense of San Francisco and the Pacific Coast. In 1853, work began on Fort Point, a three story brick structure, loaded with cannons. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Fort Point was staffed with troops to protect San Francisco from a possible attack by the Confederates.
    Today, Fort Point is a wonderful place to run around, a warren of largely empty rooms. From the top of the fort, there is an old lighthouse, and you're right under the Golden Gate Bridge!
  Crissy FieldCrissy Field was once a grassy landing field for land and sea planes. Today, this area is an inviting park, with stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. The protected long sandy beach and tidal marsh is perfect for small kids – no big waves here.
    Watch the boats go by in the bay – container ships, cruise boats, racing sail boats or fly kites. There are picnic tables and bike paths (rent bikes at Sports Basement).
      Tip – With older kids and teens, it's fun to rent bikes, bike around the marina and go across the Golden Gate Bridge. Summer weekends, take the west sidewalk for bikes only. Week days, Bridge east sidewalk is open, shared with bikes and pedestrians.
pengos tunnel tops
  Presidio Tunnel Tops Park Delightful new park with panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, large children's play area with weathered wood climbing structures, rocks & slides, sandy play, natural history field station, picnic tables, food trucks, big grassy areas to run around and fly kites.
      Field Station is open daily, closed on Monday. Discovery backpacks with maps, binoculars, sand sifter to borrow.
      On weekends are live music and dance performances, ranger talks. Check the schedule. Find food trucks daily at the park.
      Convenient parking lot is next to Sports Basement, also up the hill at the Presidio. Public transportation is also available.
kids books san francisco golden gate bridge
     
this bridge will not be gray  
This Bridge Will Not Be Gray
Dave Eggers, Tucker Nichols

Delightful true story of why the Golden Gate Bridge is bright-orange. The bridge could have been red and white stripes, or yellow and black, or all gray ... Full two page cut paper illustrations. (Picture book)

 

     
The Golden Gate Bridge
Jeffrey Zuehlke

Read about the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world – how it was built, how the bridge works, and what is the exact color of the bridge. (Picture book)

 

 
The Golden Gate Bridge kids books
     
 
Boats on the Bay
Jeanne Walker Harvey, Grady McFerrin

"Boats on the bay get ready for the day." Perfect book to read about all the different boats on San Francisco Bay – fishing boats, ferries, sailboats, tugboats, tall ships, water taxis, fireboats, houseboats, container ships. And you can see these boats when you visit. (Picture book)

 

(More children's books on other San Francisco pages)
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