Amazing views of the Golden Gate and the bay. About a dozen picnic benches (some with BBQ grills). Convenient parking.

If the weather forecast looks promising, you could do a lot worse than planning a picnic at the West Bluff Picnic Area in the Presidio. This area is south of Crissy Field (closer to the bridge) and before you get to Fort Point - situated perfectly to give you an amazing view of the Golden Gate, Alcatraz, and downtown.

You'll find about a dozen nice picnic tables, and a handful with BBQ grills. There is also a lot of open, tiered lawn area if you prefer to keep it simple. But if you want to score one of the tables, you should plan on getting there by about 9:00am. If you need one with a grill, you'll need to get there by about 7:00am. That's pretty early, but well worth it to grab a prime spot on a sunny day in the City. There is a pretty big parking lot right behind the picnic area for easy drop-offs. 

More information can be found here.

Pack List

  • Picnic supplies
  • BBQ supplies
  • A cooler full of your favorite food and drinks
  • A light jacket (can get windy/foggy in evenings)
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Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
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Adult Beverages
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Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
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Picnicking below the Golden Gate Bridge is a must while in San Fran. The views are phenomenal, even when fog is present.

On a nice weekend day, you'll need to get there a bit early to secure a picnic table and grill. Parking is pretty easy and the views of the Golden Gate can't be beat. This area also tends to get a bit breezy in the afternoon, so be sure to pack a jacket.

A fun and easily accessible place for a large group of friends to picnic!


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