Presidio Tunnel Tops — a decade in the making — is finally set to open to the public in San Francisco on July 17. Designed by James Corner Field Operations, the firm behind New York City’s hugely successful High Line, the 14-acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area parkland site includes scenic overlooks with bridge and city views, trails, gathering areas and gardens that include 180 varieties of native plants.

There are so many areas to explore, but here are five must-do activities when you visit.

Cliff Walk

Presidio Tunnel Tops Cliff Walk

Follow the edge of the bluff, 30 feet above Crissy Field and the bay, on the Cliff Walk, which features three overlooks with stunning views of AlcatrazAngel Island and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Campfire Circle

Presidio Tunnel Tops Campfire Circle

Gather at the wind-protected gas firepit, with seating for up to 75 people, for ranger talks and other community events.

Picnic Place

Enjoy a picnic at one of the long community tables shaded by a grove of trees strung with lights or grill at one of the barbecues — some facilities are even reservable.


Presidio Tunnel Tops Outpost

Climb, crawl, swing and balance your way through the 2-acre outdoor playscape — for kids of all ages — with large features made of natural elements like wood, stone and water.

Field Station

Presidio Tunnel Tops Field Station

Especially for kids, explore the Presidio’s natural and cultural world via a “cabinet of curiosities” full of objects including seeds, rocks and historic maps.