Beach Chalet

Nestled at the western end of Golden Gate Park, the Beach Chalet looks out over the Pacific Ocean and welcomes visitors from the Great Highway. The current building has had a variety of uses since its start in 1925: a public changing room, Army-occupied facility and a social meeting place for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 1981, the building closed, and after much restoration of infrastructure and art, it re-opened in 1996. Today, with its downstairs adorned with mosaics and floor-to-ceiling frescoes that depict California geography and history, the Beach Chalet includes two restaurants (the Park Chalet, an outdoor café and the Beach Chalet, a brewery) and provides a wealth of information in its Visitor's Center.