Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Marin County

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#3 of 10 in Nature in Marin County
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With trails for hiking, bike riding, and horseback riding and beaches for swimming and other water sports, Golden Gate National Recreation Area serves up plenty of outdoor activities. The park covers 32,376 hectares (80,002 acres), featuring diverse landscapes and more than 1,200 plant and animal species. Wander through stands of giant redwoods, check out old military fortifications, and visit historical sites. Work out when and for how long to visit Golden Gate National Recreation Area and other Sausalito attractions using our handy Sausalito family vacation planner.
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  • This is a real gem in the heart of San Francisco. Don't overlook the Japanese Tea Garden, which is worth the visit all by itself!!  more »
  • Beautiful park with fantastic views of the city, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Can be busy at peak times.  more »
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  • Went to the Disney family museum and it was beautiful. We went for memorial day and surprisingly it was very quiet. The museum itself was really cool to see the history of Disney. The workers there are also super friendly, kinda felt like I was at Disneyland. Would recommend going here even if you're not a huge Disney fan, it's great to see the history of art, and how things were back in the 30s.
  • What can I say? It is a hikers paradise! Multiple staging areas, fantastic trails from Mt Tam to Coastal camp. Trails are well marked and the beauty is world famous. There are trails for experts, beginners and everyone in between. There are latrines at all the campsites which is great for full day hikes. Some spots have handicap accessible portions. Spend an hour or spend a month.
  • I love this place. Lady and I went to the Disney Family museum because it was on her bucket list. Putting that amazing experience aside, we were there on a day where a big faire was going on in the middle of the park. There was music and food trucks and families everywhere just having the best time. We are not from SF, but this was something we were gathering happened quite regularly. The energy level was very high and loving. We will definitely return when we have more time.
  • Muir beach is beautiful. My 10 year old loved playing in the water and searching for shells and rocks. I noticed many dogs who were off leash ( signs said this was permitted) and looked like they were having the time of their lives ! I like the fact dogs are able to run around off leash. Parking is difficult to get in the very small lot but this beach is worth visiting.
  • Great views and beautiful area. In SF you will always have to play it by ear in order to ensure you have see everything you want to. The weather and fog can be unpredictable and the winds can be fierce. Mark Twain once said "the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco" and this is quite true especially at night. Layers are key in the city. Parking is scarce anywhere and everywhere most especially in the weekends but honestly, everyday. Traffic is also an issue so, you have to factor that into any trip you are planning.