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Sutro Heights Park, San Francisco

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Sutro Heights Park is historic public park in the Outer Richmond District of western San Francisco, California. It is within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Sutro Historic District.It is located above the Cliff House in the Lands End area, with views of the Seal Rocks, Ocean Beach, and the Pacific Ocean.HistoryThe park is on the site of the former "Sutro Heights" estate of Adolph Sutro, a Comstock Lode silver baron, and a major land owner/developer in and mayor of San Francisco.In 1881, Adolf Sutro purchased 22acre of undeveloped land south of Point Lobos (San Francisco) and north of Ocean Beach at the western edge of the city. It included a promontory overlooking the Pacific, with scenic views of the Marin Headlands, Mount Tamalpais, and the Golden Gate. Sutro built his mansion on a rocky ledge there, above the first Cliff House.The grounds consisted of a spacious turreted mansion, a carriage house, and outbuildings set in expansive gardens. The estate dominated the Lands End area, with an elaborate entrance gate. He spent in excess of a million dollars to recreate an Italian style garden. It was filled with fountains, planted urns, and statues, Victorian flower beds, hedge mazes, parterres, forests of trees, a glass plant conservatory, and other garden structures. Vista points included the "observation plaza" overlooking the Cliff House, and the "Dolce far Niente Balcony," a long terrace-like structure along the cliff overlooking Ocean Beach. To provide garden decorations, he imported over 200 concrete replicas of Greek and Roman statuary from Belgium, to provide examples of European culture to visitors.
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  • After visiting Sutro Baths, (different review) we decided to walk uphill a bit farther to visit Sutro Heights Park. The walk was easy and the park was clean. On the day of our visit, numerous families...  more »
  • See the edge of the world. View the ruins of the largest bath house on the West Coast, get there easily by bike, car, bus. Wear sunscreen for wind and sun, you can burn in the SF fog too. Bring a jack...  more »
  • A nice Park with views of the coast. Nice in the heat take a stroll through the shady alleys. Recommend to visit
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  • A large, shaded and lush open green space in Sutro Heights near Ocean Beach and Land's End. Easily accessible by MUNI bus and also good amount of parking available nearby. Dress comfortable, bring snacks and water and explore. Perfect for picnics and letting the dogs play. Quiet, safe neighborhood. Highly recommended.
  • So many people visit San Francisco without stopping at Sutro Heights Park. Why? Some of the most picturesque views are from here. You can look down the barrel of Ocean Beach and the Outer Sunset District, you have shade or sun because of the scattering of trees, and it's a great place to take a short walk or stand at top of the cliffs looking out at the Pacific Ocean. Lovely gem of a park often overlooked even by locals. The trails can sometimes be wet or muddy. Wear your boots or old shoes and check out Sutro Heights ASAP.
  • Old infantry point with Victorian themed gardens. Lush forest parking with a stunning view of Ocean Beach.
  • Great place to get married. I did!
  • Beautiful park to walk around as well as an amazin view

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