Golden Gate Bridge Celebrates 75 Years

April 27, 2012 by

Visitors to San Francisco will have the opportunity to pop some bubbly and toast to one of the city’s biggest stars—the Golden Gate Bridge. The iconic landmark turns 75 this year, and the city is celebrating with a sprawling waterfront festival on May 27th.

The Golden Gate Festival is set to span the waterfront from Fort Point to Pier 39. The festivities will include music and dance celebrating the 1930s, a bridge-related art show and various exhibits highlighting the bridge’s history. But the party doesn’t stop there—more commemorative events are scheduled throughout 2012.

And to prove that some things do indeed get better with age, the city is set to unveil some major enhancements in honor of the anniversary. To provide a more robust tourist experience, the city will begin offering guided tours of the bridge and will even have a “green screen” photo area where visitors can pretend they’re climbing the cables or viewing the city from high atop the tower.

Looking for some history? The Bridge Pavilion, a new 3,500-square-foot facility, will serve as an interpretive center, museum and gift shop. The historic Round House and the Bridge Cafe are also scheduled for renovations.

Planning a trip to join the party? Don’t miss our San Francisco travel guide for insider info on how to make the most of your stay, and be sure to check out the official events calendar.

photo credit: TenSafeFrogs, flickr

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  1. MeLisa says:

    How exciting! I’ll definitely have to plan a family tour to one of the event this year.

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