The Presidio Tunnel Tops Outpost: An Incredible New Nature-Based Playground Near Crissy Field - 510 Families
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The Presidio Tunnel Tops Outpost: An Incredible New Nature-Based Playground Near Crissy Field

Boasting a magnificent view of the Golden Gate Bridge, a brand-new area of the Presidio is opening to the public this weekend, July 17, and the highlight for folks with kids is the Outpost playground. This playground has been in the works for a looooong time (2014-2022!) and it bridges the areas of Crissy Field to the interior of the Presidio in a magical way.

Tunnel Tops Playground at the Presidio
Overlooking the play areas and the Golden Gate Bridge | Photo: Whitney Moss
Nature playground next to Crissy Field
A natural climbing structure at Tunnel Tops nature playground | Photo: Whitney Moss

Rather than the molded plastic and coated metal, we have come to expect from new playgrounds, Tunnel Tops space offers exploration activities inspired by natural habitats found in the area.

Climbing log at Tunnel Tops playground
Intricate climbing log at Tunnel Tops for gross motor challenges | Photo: Whitney Moss

The large climbing structures and a unique swing are made of stones and logs. Water features invite children to have a sensory experience, observe cause and effect, and cool off when it’s hot! One section enables families to build their own creations using natural materials such as stones, shells, and sticks.

water feature child golden gate bridge
One of several kid-powered water features that empties into the sand

There’s more to Tunnel Tops than the playground. Stairs and a path above the playground enable access to a giant meadow with picturesque views and beautiful landscaping.

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What to Expect When Visiting Tunnel Tops in the Presidio

  • You can look for street parking along Mason Street as you approach and continue searching all the way to Crissy Field, a reasonable walk. We parked in the Sports Basement Parking Lot, which is adjacent.
  • On a sunny day, you’ll want a hat and sunscreen, as well as clothing and shoes that can get wet.
  • There is no cost for admission to the playground or for the adjacent indoor exploration center which offers hands-on activities supporting families to learn about the history of the nearby land and its features.

Another nature playground closer to home >

Visit to the Presidio’s Tunnel Tops Outpost

Location: 210 Lincoln Blvd, San Francisco
More to do with kids in the Presidio just a couple of minutes away >
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