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Sutro Baths, San Francisco

The Sutro Baths was a large, privately owned public saltwater swimming pool complex in the Lands End area of the Outer Richmond District in western San Francisco, California.Built in 1896, it is located near the Cliff House, Seal Rocks, and Sutro Heights Park. The facility burned down in June 1966 and is now in ruins. The site is within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Sutro Historic District.HistoryOn March 14, 1896, the Sutro Baths were opened to the public as the world's largest indoor swimming pool establishment. The baths were built on the western side of San Francisco by wealthy entrepreneur and former mayor of San Francisco (1894–1896) Adolph Sutro.The structure was situated in a small beach inlet below the Cliff House, also owned by Adolph Sutro at the time. Both the Cliff House and the former baths site are now a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, operated by the United States National Park Service. The baths struggled for years, mostly due to the very high operating and maintenance costs. Shortly after closing, a fire in 1966 destroyed the building while it was in the process of being demolished. All that remains of the site are concrete walls, blocked off stairs and passageways, and a tunnel with a deep crevice in the middle. The cause of the fire was determined to be arson. Shortly afterwards, the developers left San Francisco and claimed insurance money.
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  • A fascinating piece of San Francisco and worth the visit and hike. There is not much of the baths still existing, but the views of the Pacific and the up and down the beach area are wonderful.  more »
  • Located adjacent to the Cliff House is the remains of what were indoor pools from the 1800sl. The outer building has burned down and the concrete/steel pools and baths remain. A lot of places to hike ...  more »
  • This place is not a conventional tourist spot and is out of the general tourist areas, but its totally worth it! The baths themselves have an interesting history, but the specialty of this place is th...  more »
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  • Great place to explore. Steep trails all around, but you can see most of it from on top if you don't feel like trekking up and down the hill. If you do go down, make sure to check out the cave; it's pretty awesome! Do be aware not to take many of the spider trails around the area; it contributes to the erosion of the land which could eventually make the whole area closed off to the public.
  • Sutro Baths is a really special place to visit, especially around sunset. Even during busy times of the day, there’s ample opportunity for some peace and quiet to take in the incredible views, smell the salty air, and listen to the sounds. Take a walk along the ruins, and explore the cave on the north side. A really special place to spend the afternoon.
  • The only place in San Francisco I could find that gave me an actuall outdoor experience. Beautiful scenery and hiking trails, trees, the whole nine! Definitely one of the best times I had in San Francisco. They have tons of viewing area's, an excellent little cafe and souvenir store. The caves and baths were cool to hike around and gave me some much needed time away from the city conveniently located right in San Francisco!
  • I loved this place. I had 4 hours to spend close to the airport and every minute here was worth it. TRAFFIC- workday and rush hour and it was never more than 30 minutes either way GOLDEN GATE- great views and walks BEACH AND ROCKS- loved bouldering and roaming the shore. This is hands down a fantastic park. You don't have to walk far to see great sulfur but if you want to walk you can. Lots of nature to see and experience
  • Nice. I came to this place by chance, and found it really a hidden treaure in the San Francisco area. San Francisco is now a city of breaking, and theft. People in this city welcome the democratic party, and now every now and then, they need to pay a bit price. But this place seems to be a safe place. But do not risk to put any bags inside your vehicle.
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