Fort Funston

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Fort Funston
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This fort used to be a harbor defense station in the early 1900s; now the protected preserve is effectively a gorgeous, oceanfront dog park. The sprawling site is backed by 200-foot-high sandy bluffs, crisscrossed with trails and laden with wildflowers and native plants. Scamper down the steep, sandy slope to the beach to find dogs and owners alike splashing in the surf. (Be careful, though—the undertow is no joke.) The black sand beach is dotted by crumbling concrete outlooks tagged in colorful graffiti. Alongside pups and strolling couples, you’ll see horseback riders from nearby Mar Vista Stables. Climb up the southern sand ladder to watch experienced hang-gliders soaring off the side of the cliff; Funston is one of the best gliding spots in the country, particularly in March and October.

By: Lauren Sheber


Venue name: Fort Funston
Address: Skyline Blvd at John Muir Dr, Park Merced
San Francisco

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