The Presidio is where San Francisco began.This inspiring setting at the Golden Gate was home to native peoples for thousands of years. In 1776, Spain established a military fort on this land. After winning its independence from Spain in 1821, Mexico controlled the post and established a new pueblo nearby called Yerba Buena (later known as the city of San Francisco).In 1846 the Presidio became a U.S. Army post. Generations of soldiers passed through its gates, serving our nation around the world. The Army departed in 1994, and the Presidio became a national park site. Today, the Presidio welcomes all with its beauty, nature, history, recreation, and family activities.Begin your day by getting oriented at the Presidio Visitor Center. Then learn about the park's rich history at the Presidio Officers' Club, a museum and cultural center.Then head outside for a hike on a trail through the forest see native wildflowers at Crissy Marsh toss a Frisbee with the kids on the Main Parade Ground enjoy a picnic or watch the sunset from a scenic overlook. Visit the calendar to learn about the park's many free events, from hikes to live music to outdoor festivals.It's easy to get to the park on the free PresidiGo Shuttle and on public transit.