Last Updated on February 6, 2024

New offerings at the Presidio of San Francisco make it a top destination for Bay Area tourists. Whether interested in recreation for health and wellness, cozy indoor activities, or outdoor stewardship, these itineraries will help plan your visit.

Public hours for the museum exhibition galleries in the Presidio Officers’ Club are extended, starting Friday, February 2. Now visitors may enjoy the free Heritage Gallery, Mesa Room and award-winning special exhibit Exclusionon the Presidio’s Role in the incarceration of Japanese Americans in WWII.

Experience the stories of Presidio history from the Ohlone period through the national park chapter and the many cultures that shaped this land. Expanded hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The general public as well as school groups are welcome at no cost.

To arrange a group tour, please contact groupvisits@presidiotrust.gov.  

The Field Station – Indoor Winter Fun

The Field Station at Presidio Tunnel Tops is a free drop-in curiosity lab that will appeal to both kids and adults. It offers sensory-based activities with seasonally changing content that encourage curious exploration, discovery, and investigation of the broader Presidio.

Its activity stations include Sensing Station, Field Notes, Investigation Labs, a Field Library, an Art Lab, and a Mapping Lab. Tools like Explorer Backpacks, scavenger hunts, or multi-lingual discovery maps encourage outdoor exploration when the weather is nice.

Hours are Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More Food Options Newly Open

Il Parco, an Italian-inspired café and pizzeria, is now open at the Presidio Transit Center! From the group that brought us Colibri Mexican Bistro in the Presidio Officers’ Club, Il Parco is now open for grab-and-go breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu offers a diverse selection of take-out options, from coffee and pastries to rotating focaccia-style pizzas, pastas, and salads, all prepared with a dedication to quality and taste. The beverage menu includes canned cocktails and a curated wine list featuring both local and Italian vintages.

While there’s no dedicated seating, guests are close to the myriad of tables open at Presidio Tunnel Tops including the glass-sheltered public Picnic Pavilion the community picnic tables, and the lawns. For more information visit our website.

Presidio Pop Up food truck purveyors continue to offer food at the Main Parade Lawn and on the Presidio Tunnel Tops through the winter months, 9 a.m, to 3 p.m. daily. See the incredibly diverse array of international cuisine on offer in the weekly schedule.

NEW Activities and Volunteering

The winter sky can be magical, and the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers Association is holding free public Star Parties, providing a glimpse into the mysteries of the universe. They provide huge telescopes, and knowledgeable volunteers. The location has changed to the East Meadow of Presidio Tunnel Tops and coming events are February 17, 6 to –9 p.m. and March 16, 7 to –10 p.m. S

ee the event calendar for details.

Winter is planting season! The Presidio relies on hundreds of volunteers to help replant its native forests and re-establish native habitats. Volunteering is fun, communal, and rewarding.

Please see the event calendar for dates and contact volunteer@presidiotrust.gov to arrange a specific event for your group.

Design Refresh for the Inn at the Presidio

Lodge at Presidio San Francisco
Lodge at Presidio San Francisco ©Presidio

Historic boutique hotel, Inn at the Presidio, reopened following a design refresh that revitalizes the guest experience. The beautiful new look embraces a comfortable residential quality, harkening to the history of the Inn as an army officers’ residence. It’s warm and comfortable ambiance is achieved with plush carpets, a rich color palette, and custom draperies.

The living room features a lounge area centered around the fireplace with stylish leather seating and a striking monarch butterfly-inspired area rug. The upgraded dining room has a new breakfast buffet room inspired by a butler’s pantry, providing guests with classic hospitality and a timeless atmosphere.

A new art program showcases local iconic landscapes and the park wildlife, fostering a deeper connection to the natural surroundings.

Green Flag Award

The Presidio was honored this month with the highest international distinction for excellence in park operations – the Green Flag Award! This is the fifth year the park has achieved the designation, and it remains the only in the U.S. See the press release for more on this special award.

About the Presidio + Presidio Trust  

The Presidio is one of America’s most visited national park sites, located within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Spanning 1,500 acres next to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio is among the most biologically diverse parks in America.

Historically a home to native peoples and a military post under three flags, its facilities have been reinvented as museums, restaurants, hotels, homes, and offices.

The Presidio Trust is the federal agency that stewards the Presidio, in partnership with the National Park Service and with support from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. The Trust sustains the Presidio by leasing homes and workplaces and offering visitor amenities.

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