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Dad and two kids at the Outpost playground. Photo by Dan Friedman

Kids & Families

In the heart of a busting city, the Presidio is the place for families to play, learn, and explore.

The Presidio is a place kids can play, learn, and explore in a national park site in the city – with many totally free family activities.

Presidio Tunnel Tops is a wonderful place for families  – with amazing adventures for kids. The Outpost, the largest playground in San Francisco, lets kids crawl and climb on huge structure made from nature. Next door, explore real things from the park with your senses at the Field Station.

Beyond Presidio Tunnel Tops, make your own self-guided adventure by enjoying a StoryWalk, going on a geocache hunt, or checking out an Explorer Backpack. Or look for wildlife on the many trails that immerse you in ancient habitats.

Park organizations have tons to offer – check out shark teeth at the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center, go for a roll at Presidio Bowl,  or take swim lessons at La Petite Baleen or the YMCA. If your find yourself on the south side of the park, don’t miss Presidio Wall Playground.

And make a forever memory by toasting S’mores at Rob Hill Campground.


Free Family Activities

Enjoy one of the best playgrounds in San Francisco for free.

Girl playing at the Outpost playground. Photo by Rachel Styer.

Outpost Playground

Climb, crawl, and swing on play structures made from nature. 

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A coyote on display at the Field Station. Photo by Russell Bombon.

Field Station

Unleash your inner explorer and investigate with your senses. 

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Self-Guided Adventures

Spark ideas for your visit with our free guides and tools.

Boy on a red chair at Presidio Tunnel Tops. Photo by Rachel Styer.Photo by Rachel Styer.

Spots to Learn and Play

Kids learn about history and nature while adventuring through the park.

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Park Itineraries 

Need help planning your day at the Presidio? We’ve put together some itinerary ideas for things to see and do in the park. Whether you’re planning to spend a few hours or an entire day, there’s a lot to experience at the Presidio. 

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Have a question about the park? Want help planning your next visit? We’ve got you covered.

Representatives from the National Park Service, Parks Conservancy, and Presidio Trust standing in front of the Presidio Visitor Center