S.F. Bay Area
San Francisco Attractions
Sutro Bath Ruins
Historic Sutro Bath Ruins
Feeling adventurous? Hike down one of the trails to explore the concrete ruins
Sutro Baths. Built in 1896 by former San Francisco Mayor, Adolph
Sutro, Sutro Baths was spread over three acres.
Swimming at Sutro Baths
glass enclosure contained seven swimming pools
temperatures. There were slides, trapezes, springboards and a
Together, the pools held 1.7 million gallons of water and
could be filled in one hour by high tides. There were 20,000
suits and 40,000 towels for rent. The Baths could accommodate
10,000 people at a time.
Entertainment at Sutro Baths
An amphitheater, seating up to 3,700 people, provided a variety
of stage shows. Three restaurants could accommodate 1,000 people
at a sitting. There were natural history exhibits, galleries of
sculptures, paintings, tapestries and artifacts from Mexico, China,
Asia, and the Middle East,
including popular Egyptian mummies.
Despite the Baths glamour, they were not commercially successful,
so Sutro's grandson converted part
of the Baths into an ice-skating
rink in 1937. Years later, in 1964, developers bought the site
with plans to replace the Baths with high-rise apartments. A fire
what was left of Sutro Baths.
National Recreation Area
In 1973, the Baths — and The
Cliff House and Sutro Heights — became part of the Golden
Gate National Recreation Area.
Sutro Bath Ruins & Hiking Trails
Today, Sutro Bath Ruins and its hiking
trails, are a popular draw for locals and tourists alike.
Sutro Bath Ruins are located near Point
Lobos, the most western
of the San Franciscan peninsula — directly below
and just north of the historic Cliff House.
San Francisco Zoo
Louis' (casual diner-style)
The Beach Chalet
National Park Service
Sutro Bath Ruins
below Point Lobos Avenue
off Ocean Beach
Map shows Louis' restaurant
above Sutro Baths Ruins