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Sutro Baths, San Francisco

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Sutro Baths was a large, privately owned public saltwater swimming pool complex in the Lands End area of the Outer Richmond District in western San Francisco, California.
Built in 1896, the Sutro Baths, was located north of Ocean Beach, the Cliff House, Seal Rocks, and west of Sutro Heights Park. The structure burned down to its concrete foundation in June 1966; its ruins are located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Sutro Historic District.
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  • It was absolutely breathtaking! If you're adventurous, you can find your way down to the beach and sit and relax. The tides were high when I went so I was not able to walk far out but it was a...  more »
  • The Sutro Baths are actually the ruins of what once was one of the world’s largest indoor salt water bathing facilities. It was built in 1896 and closed in the 1960’s due to high maintenance and...  more »
  • This place was very cool to explore for an hour or so! There are quite a steep set of stairs and walkway down, so I wouldn’t recommend it for someone with limited mobility. You can walk along the edge of the baths and sit overlooking the bay. There’s a fair amount of people walking around, but the waves crash loudly enough to give your own sense of privacy. Off to one side, there’s a little cave tunnel where you can look down and see some waves coming in, and there’s a great vista at the end.
  • Don’t understand why this attraction is not advertised more amongst the places to visit in San Francisco. Located at the corner of Lands End on the western side of San Francisco and top of Oceans Beach it is a nice place to visit and learn fascinating history of this once largest in the world privately own salt water swimming pool up to its firefly tragic demise in 1966. Never rebuild once struggling due to operating costs structure burn down due to suspected arson as a cause. For people who like hiking I would suggest to get there from north through Lands End - you will not regret it!!!

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