Fort Mason To Aquatic Park

Neighborhood: Fort Mason


There’s a small rocky outcrop jutting into the bay that has been a vital part of San Francisco’s history, from its very beginning right up to today. From a seasonal camp of the native Yelamu people, to the site of Spanish defenses, squatters’ houses, an army garrison, a refuge for earthquake survivors, a world’s fair and finally, the headquarters of the most visited urban national park in the U.S., Fort Mason has had it all.

Join us on a walk through this outrageously scenic and off-the-radar treasure. Bring your camera to capture stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, Aquatic Park and the Hyde Street Pier. You’ll see historic buildings, a hidden oasis, outsized art and the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill. You’ll hear of the famous and infamous, whose stories and scandals have intersected with this small corner of the city. We’ll cap off the tour with a visit to Aquatic Park and marvel at its beautiful setting, WPA era murals, mosaics and sculptures.

Incredible views, gleaming waters and fascinating history—you won’t want to miss this tour!

Next Tours

  • Thursday, June 24 at 1:00 pm given by Ellen RonSign Up
  • Saturday, June 26 at 1:00 pm given by David DeanSign Up
  • Saturday, July 10 at 1:00 pm given by Mike SilvermanSign Up
  • Thursday, July 22 at 1:00 pm given by Ellen RonSign Up
  • Friday, July 30 at 3:00 pm given by George RueggSign Up
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1st & 3rd Thursday at 1PM, 1st &2nd Saturday 1PM


Tour Length: Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours


Meet at NW corner of Van Ness & Bay.

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Please note: Private groups tours required for groups of 8 or more.