When our dog Molly needs a day out, the first place we think to take her is Fort Funston, or Fort Fun as our family calls this doggie Mecca.
Located just off John Daly Boulevard, between Daly City and San Francisco, along the coast, Fort Funston was the site of the first battery casemates during World War II, Battery Davis. You can still explore the old bunkers, climb on them and see the coast of Northern California as soldiers stationed in the bunkers once did.
For the dogs in your life, there are a couple options for exploring. You can stay up top, join other four-legged friends in the dog circle and play and frolic in the sun. Follow one of the many paths atop the cliffs, north or south, and let your dog run off leash.
Or head down the cliffs to the beach below, where you and your dog can run in the surf and sand. Bring a Frisbee or a ball and play for hours. When the tide is low, you can walk all the way north and catch the trail as it comes back around. My kids enjoy exploring the beach as well, although I have to be sure to remind them to watch where they step.
If you go, bring along a bag to collect any presents your dog might leave. The area is supported by the non-profit Friends of Fort Funston, which has been working hard to keep Fort Funston leash free. Help them by being a good dog owner and picking up after your furry friend.