Golden Gate Bridge & Recreation Area


Named one of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World" by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937, connecting San Francisco with the surrounding northern counties. With a length of 8,981 feet and main span length of 4,200 feet, it is one of the longest single-span suspension bridges ever built. Its two massive towers are the highest bridge towers in the U.S., at 746 feet above the water. A clearance of 220 feet allows passage of the largest oceangoing vessels. Additional construction statistics are presented on a cross-section of one of the bridge's main cables, displayed near the Joseph B. Strauss Statue.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil
Topic(s):Structures
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:A crew of painters constantly maintains the bridge's distinctive coat of international orange. It is said that the U.S. Navy wanted the bridge painted black with yellow stripes, to make it easily visible to passing ships.
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