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National Parks: What's Open and Closed on Thanksgiving Weekend

Find out what is open or closed during Thanksgiving weekend in the Golden Gate National Parks. Muir Woods shuttle will be running, Marine Headlands will be closed.

Here is a quick list of the facilities that will will be closed or remain open on Thanksgiving and over the holiday weekend. 

WHAT WILL BE OPEN:

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 thehttp://www.marintransit.org/routes/66.html website for how and where to board. 

  • Head to Muir Woods on Sunday, December 1 from 1-3pm 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.

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.

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

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

WHAT WILL BE CLOSED:

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, continue be open.

The Marin Headlands Visitor Center will be closed on Thanksgiving.

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

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

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

Presidio Visitor Center will be closed on Thanksgiving, but open 10-4PM, 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 www.alcatrazcruises.com for information and tickets.

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