Fort Funston is on a stretch of beach and coastal dunes close to Ocean Beach in San Francisco, California. The dunes can be more than 200 feet tall at Fort Funston's cliffs due to the winds. It is possible to walk on the beach or horseback ride. There are plenty of trails along the steep dunes with Dutch Sand Ladders. Shells, sand dollars, seaweed and other marine life can be spotted in this area.
Fort Funston is well known as a hang gliding area due to the tallness of the dunes. There is a long beach in which these hang gliders can land safely. It is also possible to see the gun battery that used to be part of the actual Fort. Fort Funston was once a fort for soldiers guarding the beach and bay around San Francisco. In the 1900s there was a parade that sent the first flag up. The place was mostly unassuming in the early days. However, that changed when it became a weapons storage place with 16 inch guns and other heavy weaponry. Nike Missiles, soldier barracks, and other equipment used to be at the site. Now visitors can see the remnants of barracks that have been turned into an education center.