Golden Gate Park: West End
Breakers, Old Trains & Windmills!

Neighborhood: Golden Gate Park


At the western edge of Golden Gate Park, within sight of the Pacific Ocean, the towering Dutch Windmill welcomes walkers. Surrounded by the year-round beauty of the Queen Wilhelmina Garden, the mill bears witness to the struggles of Park Superintendents William Hammond Hall and John McLaren to transform the shifting sands of the Outside Lands into a verdant landscape.

Relive the terrors and suspenseful rescues of mariners that are the legacy of the 1878 Life Saving Station which existed near the Dutch Windmill.

Trace the path of Leland Stanford’s Park and Ocean steam train that brought San Franciscans to the western border of the park.

Marvel at the majestic Murphy Windmill (1908) and it’s charming millwright cottage at the end of a woodland path.

Glimpse the site of a lost village in the dunes constructed of abandoned cable cars and streetcars. Relive the San Francisco of the 1930s with Coit Tower muralist Lucien Labaudt’s depiction of the city at play on the walls of the 1925 Beach Chalet.

Next Tours

  • Friday, September 30 at 10:30 am given by Debbie WuSign Up
  • Wednesday, October 5 at 10:30 am given by Anne HitzSign Up
  • Wednesday, October 12 at 10:30 am (No Tour Today)
  • Wednesday, October 19 at 10:30 am given by Allan SchwartzSign Up
  • Wednesday, November 9 at 10:30 am given by Anne HitzSign Up
  • Wednesday, November 23 at 10:30 am given by Gail MacGowanSign Up
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Tour Length: Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours


Meet at the Dutch windmill, northwest end of Golden gate Park, J.F.K. Drive at Great Highway near Fulton St.

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