The Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco
Where are we going today?
Let's play a word association game. You ready? Okay, here we go: SAN FRANCISCO!
Was the first thing you thought of the Golden Gate Bridge? We're not surprised, because that bridge is THE iconic attraction in the whole city!
The Golden Gate Bridge is a spectacular suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay onto the Pacific Ocean. As part of both US Highway 101 and State Route 1, it connects the city of San Francisco on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County. So it's safe to say it's pretty important!
The Golden Gate Bridge had the longest suspension bridge span in the WORLD when it was completed in 1937 - that's pretty impressive! Since then, it has become an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco and California.
If you make this trip to the bridge, then it certainly will be a unique experience. Regardless of if you walk, hike, take a tour, or just sit and take it all in, there is something for everyone - of all ages.
The Bridge Pavilion is where you want to head at the start of your day. Here, you can pick up all the merchandise you want, as well as the historical information. It's a great idea to read up on the history and construction so you can appreciate the bridge more!
With their outdoor exhibits, the family can learn all about science, history, and the engineering of the construction. As you wander through the Plaza, you can follow the pathway into an old bunker which houses even more exhibits that are great to exploring!
If you want free walking tours, every Thursday and Sunday the San Francisco City Guides offer free bridge walking tours. Or you can get those hiking shoes on and go and check out the amazing scenery via the picturesque trails and vantage points.
You will want your camera for this Golden Gate Bridge experience!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
Pavilion open 9am - 6pm daily
All year round
The Bridge Cafe will treat you to taste local food and drinks,.
You can get healthy snacks at the cafe too .
Any Top Tips?
Don't forget your camera - you will need it! Don't forget about the tolls on the bridge too if you decide to drive across .
Need a little extra help?
Ask at the visitor center about accessibility of the trails if you want to head out to check out the view .
Can I get one of those?
You can pick up souvenirs and gifts from the pavilion. You will want to take something away with you! .
Dress in layers, the wind chill can be significant!.
What people are saying?
by Dec Hardy
What a spectacle! We walked over and back again and really enjoyed it. The views were amazing with no charge to cross over. It gets a little busy with all of the human traffic, but great to see SF from the outside. Nice cafe and information leading up to it also.
by Donn Clarius
it's 2 distinctively different experiences in 1: walk on the west side 2 feel the Pacific... walk on the east side & imagine the thousands of '49ers who came to make their fortunes in gold. Either way it's a life-changing, & breathtaking hour. Bring binoculars as well as a windbreaker.
by Michael Lee
Cmon, it's one of the most famous sights in the world, must-see. 1. Dress warm. 2. Walk the whole bridge. 3. If you walk, walk on the city side, there's much more to see. 4. If you bike, bike on the ocean side, fewer people and it's still amazing. 5. Take public transportation. 6. Don't go on a weekend if you can possible avoid it, the crowds will be smaller. 7. Skip the Visitor Center if you're pressed for time, it's really just a glorified souvenir shop, but with a world-class selection of books about the bridge. It also has a scale...Read More
by Jose Amaral Jr
Been here many time and each time it amazes me! Thinking back on the time when the bridge was build and the hard work and effort that was to make this construction possible. I enjoy stopping by to see and walk around reading the history and notes posted around do the visitor center.
by Angel Claire Bonite Rosillo
Ganda pmunta dyn,I love that place. Awesome! Merry x-mas to all!
by Michael Lee
Cmon, it's one of the most famous sights in the world, must-see. 1. Dress warm. 2. Walk the whole bridge. 3. If you walk, walk on the city side, there's much more to see. 4. If you bike, bike on the ocean side, fewer people and it's still amazing. 5. Take public transportation. 6. Don't go on a weekend if you can possible avoid it, the crowds will be smaller. 7. Skip the Visitor Center if you're pressed for time, it's really just a glorified souvenir shop, but with a world-class selection of books about the bridge. It also has a scale model of one of the towers used to test the engineering prior to construction, and there are photos on a big screen of the bridge under construction. The vista points on both ends of the bridge have different and equally amazing views of the bridge and bay.