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Visit a California National Park or Historic Site on Thanksgiving Day!


Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods National Monument, and Fort Point National Historic Site in California will be open during the Thanksgiving holiday! So, if you need a fun place to get together with family members and friends, or just want to take a short vacation to a national park this year, here is a list of the facilities that will be open (or remain closed) on Thanksgiving Day and over the holiday weekend. 

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Muir Woods National Monument remains open every day.

There is a new holiday Muir Woods Shuttle service, which will operate for the whole weekend. How better to digest the holiday than with a walk among these ancient trees with the added beauty of fall colors around them? The shuttle will run from November 28 through December 1. Check the website for how and where to board. 

Join us at the Woods on Sunday, December 1, from 1-3p.m., for Welcome Back Salmon, a special event to mark the turning of the seasons and alert the offshore salmon that it is almost time to return to their home stream.

The MUNI 76 bus service between San Francisco and the Marin Headlands will operate on Thanksgiving as well as Saturday and Sunday. Check for details.

All park trails (not closed for construction or restoration) remain open for you stretch your legs, work off the Thanksgiving feast and enjoy crisp fall weather.

Battery Townsley will be open for tours on Sunday, December 1, 12-4p.m.

Point Bonita lighthouse is not open on Thursdays, but will be open 12:30-3:30p.m., Saturday-Monday.

Fort Point NHS is closed on Thursdays this time of year, but it will be open 10-5p.m., Friday-Sunday.


Muir Beach will continue to be closed due to construction and restoration work. It is expected to reopen mid-December. The local businesses in the area, including Pelican Inn, will be open.

The Marin Headlands Visitor Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

The Marine Mammal Center will be closed only on Thanksgiving Day.

Nike Missile Site will be closed on Thanksgiving, but open 12:30-3:30p.m., Friday and Saturday.

Fort Point NHS is closed on Thursdays this time of year, but it will be open 10-5p.m. Friday-Sunday.

Presidio Visitor Center will be closed on Thanksgiving, but open 10-4p.m., Friday-Sunday.

Though Alcatraz is closed on Thanksgiving Day, a special Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering will be held on the island that day. Go to for information and tickets.


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