One perfect day in San Francisco's Presidio

Get a dose of the fresh outdoors in San Francisco's unique and artsy Presidio park

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  • Visitors can volunteer at the Presidio Nursery on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons and help nearly 75,000 plants.

    The Presidio Nursery

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A tranquil overlook: An easy walk from the Presidio Golf Course parking lot , the peaceful National Cemetery Overlook opens onto a sea of white crosses and, beyond, the bay. From shuttle stop 31, access the overlook trail from Nauman Rd.; presidio.gov

Cafe with a million-dollar view: Stop for lunch at Beach Hut Cafe, a light-on-the-land eatery that reuses rainwater and incorporates solar and wind power and salvaged redwood. The view from the recycled-plastic chairs out front rivals that at the Warming Hut cafe. $; East Beach; 415/561-7761

Disney north: Why, exactly, is the Walt Disney Family Museum here? His daughter lives in Napa--and the Bay Area is an animation hub. More scholarly gallery than theme park, the museum suits its 19th-century brick building. $20; waltdisney.org

A home for native plants: On Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, you can volunteer at Presidio Nursery, which is growing nearly 75,000 plants for the park and has a spiffy new net-zero-energy Seed and Plant Lab. parksconservancy.org (click on "Volunteer).

3 adventures: Crissy Field's sporty side

Catch some air: The pros at the new House of Air trampoline park say you can bounce away at least 700 calories an hour, and we believe it. $14/hour; reserve ahead; houseofairsf.com

Break away: Rent a decked-out bike at Sports Basement and the Presidio is yours to explore. On Sunday mornings, staffers lead free rides over the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin. From $20/day; sportsbasement.com

Climb the walls: Beginners learn the basics of belaying and experts sharpen their bouldering skills behind vast windows of the onetime motor-pool repair shop, now Planet Granite. Day pass $18; planetgranite.com

 

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