The Marina Green is a 74-acre expanse between Fort Mason and the Presidio. It has spectacular views of San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, and parts of Marin County. Houses built mostly in the 1920s and 1930s line Marina Boulevard, the southern boundary of the Marina Green.   Adjacent to the Marina Green is a marina, home to the St. Francis Yacht Club and the Golden Gate Yacht Club. The San Francisco Bay Trail runs through the green.

Marina District San Francisco
Marina District San Francisco
Marina District San Francisco Photo: Lana from San Francisco, USA [CC BY 2.0]

Prior to the 1906 earthquake, this area was a tidal marsh. After the earthquake, much of the resulting rubble was dumped here. Later, to provide land for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, this site and the adjacent neighborhood (now the present day Marina District) was filled in. A nearby remnant of the Exposition is the restored Palace of Fine Arts.

Fun to Know:

The Wave Organ is located on a spit of land that extends from the Golden Gate Yacht Club and overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz is home to a unique Marina Green park attraction. Wave, wind and tides produce sounds by the embedded organ pipes in this one of a kind sculpture.

San Francisco Wave Organ
San Francisco Wave Organ
San Francisco Wave Organ Frank Schulenburg [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

Nearby Points of Interest

Fort Mason: Once a United States Army post, this 1,200 acre is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Center. The remaining historic buildings are still in use with the military and also rented for civilian uses such as art galleries, dining, music instruction and the Fort Mason Arts and Culture Center. Off The Grid at Fort Mason: Largest gathering of food trucks in the city. Every Friday night from March through October. Enjoy live music while trying a variety of ethnic cookery.

Golden Gate Bridge: You’ve seen it in movies, television, books, and postcards – now go ahead and take a walk on it! And don’t forget your camera.

Union Street and Cow Hollow: Amidst chic shops and restaurants, enjoy the brightly painted Victorians and secret courtyards. As much fun at night as it is in the daytime.

Fisherman’s Wharf: Shops, shops, and a plethora of great seafood restaurants line the Wharf, where you still see vestiges of the old fishing crafts used by the Italian immigrants who brought the Wharf to life after the Gold Rush.

Presidio Once a U.S. Army post, today the Presidio is a national park unlike any you have experienced before. Home to museums, restaurants, recreational destinations, art installations, trails, and the best views of the Golden Gate

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