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- 98%History Buffs
- 81%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 69%Local Culture
- 69%Family Travelers
- 57%Budget Travelers
- 57%Adventure Travelers
- 54%Green Travelers
Member Reviews (31)
- Sutro BathsCommunity ManagerMember ofHistory BuffsLocal CultureFoodies+ 4Feb 24, 2014
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Formerly Alfred Sutro's glorious multi-level series of indoor pools (including the largest salt water natatorium in the world), Sutro Baths is now a series of holes in the ground, ruins of its former glory.
To be fair, it's still technically a salt water pool.
- Sutro BathsMember ofHistory BuffsLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 9Nov 05, 2013
If you lament a past that was never yours but could have been a century ago, you'll need to visit Sutro Baths. Hike down to where San Franciscans used to swim in their Victorian skivvies. From the ruins, hike towards the Golden Gate Bridge along Lands End trail. Loop back and have a warm cup at the Lands End Lookout Center or end with a meal at The Cliff House – another relic that overlooks Ocean Beach and the ships passing through the Golden Gate into the San Francisco Bay.
- Sutro BathsMember ofHistory BuffsBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Dec 19, 2012
One of my favorite places in the city. The ruins of Sutro Baths is both historically rich and beautifully sad. Like most beautiful buildings of it's time, it was destroyed in a fire and the hunting ruins remind of us a different time.
Make sure to explore the cave on the right side of the ruins as you face the ocean.
For the best (and the cheapest) romantic date: pack a pick-nick dinner and watch sunset from the ruins. While there is still light, climb up to the Cliff House for a after dinner cocktail.
- Sutro BathsMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Sep 05, 2013
I always love taking people to the Sutro Baths - it's one of the few historical sites in SF that lays in ruins. It's beautifully eerie to view from above, and even more so when you walk down to it along the ocean's edge. There are caves you can go inside and if you're lucky, you might be able to spot "Sutro Sam," the famous otter swimming nearby.
I'm not sure if he's still there, but an older gentleman was there when I visited, who volunteered to stand at the entrance of the trail down to the baths and provide people with an interesting history lesson on it. If you don't encounter him, you should definitely read more about the baths on Wikipedia, and also stop into the Cliff House to view old photos and a painting depicting the beautiful bath house during its glory days in the 1920's.
- Sutro BathsJul 09, 2012
Perhaps the closest San Francisco will get to Roman ruins, the site of the former Sutro Baths is an archeological wonder. Until the mid-1960s, San Francisco residents could take in the waters, having a choice of 7 different pools of varying salinity. The site also hosted an ice skating rink and museum. The baths were a playground for all San Franciscans, rich and poor, until they burned down in 1966.
Standing today are the crumbling remains, which juxtaposed next to the water, offer some whimsical photo opportunities and a walk back into San Francisco history. Take heed as the waves are fierce and sadly the strong currents have claimed a few lives over the past decades. But don't miss the chance to view one of the most interesting and unique historical sites in San Francisco.
- Sutro BathsSep 06, 2012
Like a ton of people have said here already, there is a ton of interesting history related to the Sutro Baths, which makes this place even better...and I'm not usually the type of guy that is super into history. Look it up on Wikipedia, there is a really cool artist's rendition of what the baths looked like back in its glory days.
We went down to the baths and also through to these caves nearby, where the sounds of the waves crashing against the cave walls were amplified. Made for a really awesome little walk. I bet this place was amazing to swim at back in the day, because the ruins still made for a great time, walking among them with the ocean right by your side.
It can get chilly, so bring a jacket/hoodie!
- Sutro BathsAug 10, 2012
If you take a journey on the Lands End Trail, you should find before you the Sutro Baths, or whats left of it. It's not hard to miss. Definitely a historical site. Look into its past if you're curious! If you do want to grab a bite to eat nearby, try The Cliff House. I personally think visiting the Sutro Baths + meal at the Cliff House go hand in hand!
On 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 sleepy western side of San Francisco by wealthy entrepreneur and former mayor of San Francisco (1894–1896), Adolph Sutro. The vast glass, iron, ... read more
A visitor to the baths not only had a choice of seven different swimming pools—one fresh water and six salt water baths ranging in temperatures—but could also visit a museum displaying Sutro's large and varied personal collection of artifacts from his travels, a concert hall, seating for 8,000, and, at one time, an ice skating rink. During high tides, water would flow directly into the pools from the nearby ocean, recycling the two million US gallons (7,600 m) of water in about an hour. During low tides, a powerful turbine water pump, built inside a cave at sea level, could be switched on from a control room and could fill the tanks at a rate of 6,000 US gallons a minute (380 L/s), recycling all the water in five hours.
At the Sutro Baths, Sutro also maintained an extensive collection of stuffed and mounted animals, historic artifacts, and artwork, much of which he acquired from the Woodward's Gardens estate sale in 1894. The baths were once serviced by a rail line, the Ferries and Cliff House Railroad, which ran along the cliffs of Lands End overlooking the Golden Gate. The route ran from the baths to a terminal at California Street and Central Avenue (now Presidio Avenue).
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 Sutro Bath ruins are open to the public, but a warning sign advises strict caution, stating "People have been swept from the rocks and drowned." (source: Wikipedia)