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“Nice calm place to swim for free in San Francisco”
Review of Aquatic Park

Aquatic Park
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San Francisco Walking Tour: Fishermans Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge
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Ranked #133 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
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Owner description: This waterfront area, once part of Fort Mason, is now a complex for museums and artists.
Reviewed 18 September 2012

... if you can stand the cold. Temperatures range from a hi of about 17˚C in August to 12˚C in January. It has sandy beaches and a very gradual/shallow entry, so friendly to both seasoned swimmers and beginners, alike (so long as beginner stay shallow). The area is protected by a breakwater and is on the bay side, so there are no waves, but the current can still be somewhat noticeable (especially if you go out to the outer wall) and its proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge often brings in afternoon fog and strong breezes, which causes wind swells and surface chilling. There is a cold water shower on site, but the idiots at the National Parks Service shut it off for 8 months a year after Labor Day (first Monday in September). Hot showers and sauna are available for day use at The Dolphin Club, which is immediately next door to the beach on the southeast side. There is also a complete lack of any bicycle parking whatsoever anywhere in the vicinity, so plan on either walking, or parking illegally if you ride a bicycle. One round trip around the buoys equals about 500 meters, three round trips roughly equals a mile.

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Reviewed 23 April 2012

You may not want to go out of your way to see Aquatic Park, but it is worth dropping by if you are visiting some of the nearby sights such as the Hyde Street Pier or Ghirardelli Square, or just came from the cable car terminus halfway between those latter two more famous tourist destinations. The historic circular pier has a nice view of Alcatraz and the Hyde Street Pier ships from its end, as well as Coit Tower.

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Reviewed 7 September 2011

Aquatic Park is a small beach and park area just past Fisherman's Wharf. There is not much interest to visitors of San Francisco unless you're staying in SF for some time. The park is designed and intended for locals seeking some exercise, running, jogging, biking and swimming in a small marked off area in San Francisco Bay. Could also be a nice place to just grab a patch of grass for a sit down picnic.

You can see a decent view of Alcatraz from here and there is a Cable Car depot here if you are wanting to enjoy the famous San Francisco Cable Cars. Thus, you might pass by the Aquatic Park in route to the Fisherman's Wharf. Otherwise, there isn't much reason to visit during your time in San Francisco.

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