Located along the Northern tip of San Francisco Fort Mason served as a Military Army base for over one hundred years. It was also a coastal defence base for over 30 years. After the military conversion it now houses officers’ quarters with many buildings open to the public. Sitting on twelve hundred acres of land the area hosts over fifty buildings which are used for entertainment and educational purposes. There is a youth hostel located within Fort Mason Park and is frequented by many tourists especially during the Summer.
San Francisco residents who own boats and yachts use the docks adjacent to Fort Mason for their housing. Hundreds of years ago these docks housed merchant marine ships and served as a military port.
As in the above photos the views from this area are gorgeous. The Golden Gate Bridge can be seen in the far background as well as the Marin Headlands. If you enjoy walking or biking there is a path along the Fort Mason and Marina area where you can walk or bike to the bridge along the Marina Green and Presidio area. I’ve done it many times while walking and it’s just beautiful. Even on a day when the bridge is shrouded in fog, you cannot beat the views.
On weekends the Marina Green is a playground for local residents and tourists alike. There is kite flying, picnicking, frisbee tournaments and during Summer months many types of festivals and gatherings.
For obsessed shutterbugs like myself, this is a photographer’s dream scape.