Nature, picnic sites, a playground, food vendors, and free family fun – in one easy-to-access spot.
Main Post Region
Scenic Overlook, Food & Drink, Public Lawn, Recreation & Wellness
Education, Kids & Family, Food, Art & Culture, Nature & Sustainability, Presidio Tunnel Tops
Accessible Restrooms, Accessible Parking, Wheelchair-accessible Picnic Tables, Reservable Picnic Tables, Reservable BBQ Grills
Presidio Tunnel Tops is the front door to the Presidio — where national park adventures begin!
Made by the community, for the community, it offers unforgettable Golden Gate Bridge views, the Presidio Visitor Center, the Outpost playground and Field Station curiosity lab, trails and public lawns, Presidio Pop Up food celebrating diverse cultures, and some of the best places to picnic in the Presidio.
It’s built on and around the Presidio Parkway tunnels (hence Tunnel Tops!), making it easy and fun to walk from the center of the Presidio to the park’s beautiful waterfront at Crissy Field.
Presidio Tunnel Tops is free to all and open every day. It’s one of the very best things to do in San Francisco with family and friends.
Kids & Family
Here kids can have adventures in nature and let their imaginations run wild - all for free!
Muni Route: 43 Masonic
Stop: Presidio Transit Center
Muni Route: 30 Stockton
Stop: Sports Basement Parking Lot
Route: Downtown Route
Stop: Presidio Transit Center
Join us for concerts, dances, park ranger talks, and more.
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Food & Picnic Areas
Presidio Tunnel Tops is a hub for delicious food that can be enjoyed on picnic tables with a view.
Explore the top places at Presidio Tunnel Tops with this interactive map.
This illustrated guide offers fun ideas for exploring Presidio Tunnel Tops.
See large-scale ground murals featuring Presidio creatures like coyotes, quail, and Monarch butterflies right outside the Outpost playground.
Check out what's happening at Presidio Tunnel Tops.
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Learn how visitors with a range of abilities can experience and enjoy Presidio Tunnel Tops.
Host a group event at one of the outdoor gathering spaces at or near Presidio Tunnel Tops, including the East Meadow, the West Lawn, and the Main Post Lawns. We also have details on how to get permits for private events and organized activities.
Opened in July 2022, Presidio Tunnel Tops was shaped by the imagination and input from our diverse community. Learn how Presidio Tunnel Tops was created to be an inclusive, equitable, and relevant national park site for all.
Enjoy one of the best beaches in San Francisco and a walk along San Francisco Bay.
The Presidio is open daily, year-round. Presidio Tunnel Tops is an outdoor space that’s open like the rest of the park. However, some experiences are open during specific hours: Presidio Visitor Center, the Outpost playground, and the Field Station. Presidio Pop Up food and beverage vendors are open daily with hours that change seasonally.
Presidio Tunnel Tops is free and open to all. No tickets or reservations are needed.
Well behaved pets on leash are permitted in most outdoor areas of the Presidio. However, as with other parks in San Francisco, they’re not permitted in playgrounds, including at the Outpost. Only service animals are allowed inside indoor facilities.
Smoking of any substance is not permitted at Presidio Tunnel Tops, the Main Post Lawns, or within 25 feet of buildings.
Small shade tents with a maximum size of 5’x5’ are allowed on the lawns. Staking in the ground is not allowed. No umbrellas or pop-up structures are allowed. You may be asked to take down a tent by a staff member if winds create a potential safety hazard.
Bay Wheels classic and electric bicycles are available to rent in the Presidio using the Lyft app. There are stations near Presidio Transit Center and Crissy Field Center. Classic and electric bicycles are also available to rent at Sports Basement. Walk your bikes, skateboards, and scooters while visiting Presidio Tunnel Tops. Bike racks are available near the Presidio Transit Center, Outpost playground, and Sports Basement entrances. Do not bring bikes into the Outpost playground.
Presidio Pop Up mobile food and beverage vendors offer delicious food representing the Bay Area’s cultures and cuisines. Pop Up food is available at Presidio Tunnel Tops and near the Main Parade Lawn every day. Il Parco restaurant will open inside Presidio Transit Center in late 2023. You can also find a variety of restaurants in the Presidio.
Yes, you can reserve a picnic site at Picnic Place, which has nine wheelchair accessible tables (16’ to 23’) and 10 grills. Additionally, community picnic tables near at Picnic at Transit are available to everyone on a first-come, first-served, basis (not reservable, no grills). You can also picnic on the lawns, benches, Presidio Steps, and movable tables.
Yes, you can use one of the 10 grills at Picnic Place that can be reserved in advance. Bringing your own grill to Presidio Tunnel Tops is strictly prohibited; Picnic Place is the only place where cooking is permitted.