Spotlight: San Francisco & The Walt Disney Family Museum
The Walt Disney Family Museum is located in a former barracks building at the Army-post-turned-national-park, the 40,000-square-foot museum houses interactive galleries, education classrooms, a Fantasia-themed theater, plus a shop and café.
There are 10 galleries devoted to the life and work of Walter Elias Disney, including ones devoted to his boyhood and artistic development in Missouri; his nascent Hollywood studio in the 1930s (and his invention of “storyboarding”); and special projects like his patriotic films during World War II and the nature documentaries he produced in the 1950s.
Where to eat:
The Museum Café
As the museum’s culinary partner, Taste Catering runs operations at the Museum Café and catering services for special events, offering light seasonal fare inspired by the local market, growers, and purveyors. Guests can enjoy seating indoors or outdoors, overlooking the lawn on the Presidio’s main parade grounds.
TRANSIT is the essential casual eatery and market to fuel a day in the park. Offered by the Presidio Trust and Bay Area chef Traci Des Jardins, the restaurant features casual dining, food on the go, and everyday basics for visitors and commuters.
Located inside the Presidio Transit Center in the heart of the Presidio, TRANSIT is where Presidio employees, residents, and visitors come together. It is steps away from the hub of the PresidiGo Shuttle, a free transportation system that connects the park to downtown San Francisco and that offers service to nearly 40 destinations within the Presidio.
TRANSIT is relaxed and welcoming, with indoor seating and an outdoor patio with views toward San Francisco Bay. Drop in for morning pastries and coffee and espresso by Equator; for lunch enjoy grilled hamburgers, fresh made sandwiches, salads, and pizzas from the wood burning oven. Wine and beer are on tap.
Inside the Presidio Transit Center, 215 Lincoln Boulevard, Main Post
Located inside the Presidio Officers’ Club, Arguello is offered by the Presidio Trust and award-winning Bay Area chef Traci Des Jardins. It features Mexican cuisine and a contemporary bar with craft cocktails and a kids menu.
Arguello is known as the place to enjoy a margarita outdoors on its expansive patio. Great fire pit and warm blankets to wrap yourself up in! Kids will love seeing one of the chefs making tortillas at the comal (griddle).
Pack a Picnic
Pack up a picnic and join the folks who pitch their beach shelters – wise to the knowledge that the winds can pick up without a moment’s notice – and settle in for a day of people-watching at Crissy Field Beach. East Beach is known as one of the best places to kitesurf in the world – thanks to the thermal winds and storm fronts that roll through the area. If you don’t want to get sand in your sandwiches, picnic tables are nearby.
Where to stay:
Lodge at the Presidio
Coming in Summer 2018
Now Accepting Reservations by Phone – Call (628) 333-9030
In summer 2018 the Presidio will welcome the park’s second hotel. Lodge at the Presidio is an historic boutique hotel and offers the closest proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge of any San Francisco hotel.
The 42-room lodge will be your starting point for national park adventures. It’s located in the heart of the Presidio, steps from the Visitor Center and a seven-acre green gathering space that hosts community events including Presidio Picnic.
The free PresidiGo Shuttle will provide guests with easy access to the amenities of downtown San Francisco.
The Inn at the Presidio
The Inn at the Presidio is a remarkable place to stay. It once was home to unmarried officers, but today everyone can visit and enjoy an elegant and authentic experience of the Presidio’s history and beauty.
Reservations at the Inn at the Presidio
With just 26 rooms, the inn is in high demand. Condé Nast Traveler readers recently declared that the Inn at the Presidio is one of the top 10 hotels in San Francisco. Pick your travel dates early, and be sure to make a reservation.
Rob Hill Campground
Two group campsites are available for general public rental. Each site can accommodate up to 30 people and features a fire pit, a free-standing barbeque grill, food storage lockers, and picnic tables. Rob Hill has restrooms but no showers.
The campground will be open April 1 to October 31 for the 2018 season.
A reservation and permit are required for camping at Rob Hill. Use of a campsite is $125 per site per night, with a maximum stay of 3 nights. Payments are by credit card only; fees are non-refundable. A minimum of three working days is required to process reservations.