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Crissy Field

1199 East Beach, San Francisco, CA 94129
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    5 Jul 09, 2014

    I take my friend and their pet to this place. It's cat friendly. You can see Golden Gate bridge from this park

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    Liza Prado
    4 May 22, 2014

    Located on the Bay, Crissy Field is a locals favorite for jogging, power walking, and just kicking back in a place with great views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, and the Marin Headlands. End to end, it's about a two-mile-long promenade. There also is a small cafe that sells drinks/treats and a set of bathrooms along the way.

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    JJ
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    3 Apr 16, 2014

    Crissy Field is a former airfield with a beach front along San Francisco bay not far from the Golden Gate bridge with a great view. There is good parking there and perfect for the family to spend some time.

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    4 Mar 21, 2014

    This park is just great for anyone who loves being outside. Bring a picnic, a ball and have a whale of a time. There's an exhibition of eight large steel sculptures renowned artist Mark di Suvero. I love playing a game with my family when I come here. I ask them the question: "What do you think this sculpture is about?" (please answer in art historian lingo). It's funny to see how far you are or even how close you are to the description of the artwork.

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    Erick Redcloud
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    4 Mar 05, 2014

    One of my favorite places in San Francisco. It is a great place to just walk along the beach and enjoy the day. You can fly a kite here due to the wind picking up or just enjoy the view of the Golden Gate Bridge in the near Distance.

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    4 Nov 22, 2013

    One of my favorite weekend spots to start a long leisurely run. You can run across the Golden Gate Bridge or connect to the Presidio Park or to Sutro Baths. If running isn't your thing, you can relax on the beach and observe the various water sports (kite-boarding, sup, sailing, and kayaking). Last weekend, we encountered a bulldog meet-up aka cute overload of furriness!

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    5 Nov 09, 2013

    I love this park! There's usually a better chance of finding parking around this area where there's sporting equipment rentals in the buildings lining the road. On a nice day there's a lot of people around running, biking, playing with their dogs, picnicking, etc. Fabulous views of the Golden Gate bridge as well.

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    Dan F
    5 Oct 31, 2013

    Walk or bike to the west end under the Golden Gate Bridge where the Bay meets the Pacifics. Seals, birds, dolphins and even sometimes whales. The more eastern parts feature a beautiful restored native wetland and dunes full of native wildflowers and a variety of birds, butterflies, and fish. This is also a good place to go to the beach but it is very cold!

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    Barbara Kossy
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    4 Oct 15, 2013

    It's great to walk on the trails of Crissy Field on those sunny windy days. Folks are flying kites, riding bikes and it looks like the whole world is out playing by the water.

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    Erin K
    5 Sep 13, 2013

    Walking along Crissy Field always takes longer than planned, in part because, from the beginning of the field, the bridge seems to look closer than it is, but also because the wind is a force to be reckoned with on this strip of land. Even so, this part of the Bay is absolutely beautiful and well worth visiting. A lot of kids like playing in the shallow pools that inevitable end up of forming, and you can watch people paddle boarding and windsurfing on the water (as well as the occasional crazy surfer who risks practicing his/her sport by the rocks under the bridge). The Warming Hut near the end of the field has some really good chili and coffee/teas, which is always a relief on one of those cold summer days.

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    5 Sep 13, 2013

    Usually freakin' windy, so layer up! Place to go with your dogs, kids, families, friends, etc. There's something for everyone. You can fly a kite, have a picnic, take a stroll, play games on the lush lawn. I adore Crissy Field, and it's a big part of San Francisco life.

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    Ken Penny
    4 Sep 13, 2013

    Great beach park for kids to dip toe into the water. Has some great views of ships going in and out under the Golden Gate Bridge.

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    Yvette T.
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    5 Aug 12, 2013

    Best view of the bridge. Bring a picnic basket filled with goodies, a frisbee and a blanket, and enjoy a full afternoon here!

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    5 Aug 09, 2013

    On days worthy of grilling, you can find a number of San Franciscans in Crissy Field. With lots of open space to share and a good amount of parking, it’s a wonderful place to get your friends together to enjoy views of the Bay, from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz.

    The area known as the Wind Sock, named for the giant orange wind sock waving like a flag, is perhaps my favorite place to gather. There are restrooms nearby, tables, an active beach area and several lots for parking. You also get the Palace of Fine Arts as a backdrop should you choose to turn your head the other direction. It’s also my favorite location because it’s at the center of all the action and not too far to get to.

    For those seeking a more classic view, the area near Fort Point is a sure favorite. Parking is more limited here and it’s a bit of a walk, should you choose to use your legs, but the surroundings are beautiful. You’ll not only get nice and close with the Golden Gate Bridge and the historic old fort, but also surfers, fishermen and tourists. Restrooms are available here as well, though they are not quite as large.

    Remember to always bring sunscreen and something warm to throw on. The sky can be deceptive like that.

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    Eric Brink
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    5 Aug 07, 2013

    Crissy Field was originally an airfield that was opened soon after the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 and closed for good in 1974. It is part of the Presidio and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and was named in honor of Major Dana H. Crissy, who crashed and died during an Air Service transcontinental reliability test.

    Redesigned in 1994, Crissy Field passed from being a military airport into becoming open space. To create the new site, 87,000 tons of hazardous materials were removed from the area and the tidal wetlands were redesigned to simulate the wetlands that existed before the military appropriated the site and used the area as a dump and landfill location.

    Today, most of Crissy Field's buildings from its 1920s glory years remain standing, including the U. S. Coast Guard station and pier. Some buildings are in private use with businesses leasing hangars and offices and families renting the former officer housing. The area also has museums, cafés, gift shops and bike/pedestrian lanes. Gayle and I recently spent a pleasant afternoon walking through the area on the way to the Golden Gate Bridge and onward to Sausalito. The views of the Bay were inspiring and our experience merited a return engagement.

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    John L
    5 Jun 21, 2013

    Beautiful beach is literally a 2 minute walk away. The largest national wildlife park in the U.S. Incredible promenade, breathtaking views of Golden Gate Bridge (I never get tired of that view), bike ride on paved trails with no cars, enjoy a café at the Warming Hut and watch the fishermen on the dock.

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    Bob R
    5 Jun 19, 2013

    Take some beach chairs in the garage and set them out on the beach at crissy field. Watching the sailboats, kite surfers, bike riders, dogs playing and just sitting by the bay. Bring along some picnic lunch from the Blue Barn or Sandwich Spot and it turns into memorable moments.

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    Ash Fairless
    5 May 03, 2013

    Great park with gorgeous views that stretch from the Golden Gate Bridge, to Alcatraz, to the Bay Bridge. There are Barbecues in the park for free use, no permits or reservations needed. However you need to come early to snag your spot for this park. It's extremely popular, and it's easy to see why.

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    Dede Tisone
    5 Apr 26, 2013

    Crissy Field was a former military landing strip. Several years ago it was turned into a bird sanctuary with walking paths. It ends at Fort Funston under the Golden Gate Bridge. The fort is historic and well worth a visit. You will see the under pinnings of the bridge and the cannons that used to guard the entry to the bay.

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    Leslie G
    5 Apr 25, 2013

    Walk or bike the waterfront to Crissy Field and sink your toes in the sand as you watch surfers, kite surfers, paddle boarders and more on the Bay! Also one of the best views of Alcatraz, Angel Island, Sausalito, Tiburon and Golden Gate!

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Crissy Field is a park in San Francisco. Crissy Field was originally an airfield, part of the United States' Presidio Army Base. The Presidio ceased all military operations and the base became part of the federal Golden Gate National Recreation Area under the Base Closure Act, in the 1990s.

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