caliDREAMIN From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2322 times:
I started a topic a few weeks ago asking about spotting. One of the places suggested was Bayfront Park. I don't really want to do any photography, mostly just watch. My preference is to watch heavies take off and land. Is this the best spot to do it from?
lindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3091 posts, RR: 15 Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2303 times:
The Bayfront Park does offer a great vantage point of landings and departures, but it is a little far from most of the action.
There are some nice benches to sit on and watch aircraft, and there's a Starbucks in the nearby hotel if you need refreshments.
stevemchey From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 359 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2297 times:
If you just want to watch take-offs and landings, you can't go wrong with Bayfront Park. It can get a little cold when the wind blows, but as lindy field points out there is a Starbucks in the Mariott, where you can grab a coffee to warm up.
If you have a car, you can go a little further south to Coyote Point, where you get a little closer underneath the approach to the 28s. However, you won't be able to see much of the departures from there.
On airport property, you can go to the Terminal 2 AirTrain station, from where you can see a lot of ramp activity and take-offs from the 28s. Especially without a camera, you should have no problems hanging out there.
Lastly, you can head over to the San Bruno overpass (near the cell phone waiting lot) for a great view of departing heavies off of the 28s.
stevemchey From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 359 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2212 times:
You can park for free at Bayfront. The parking lot is along "Old Bayshore Highway", across from Cowan Road. You can park for a max of two hours, but I have never seen anyone enforce the limit. There is a restaurant in the Marriott, but i would recommend the In-N-Out Burger at Millbrae Ave and Rollins Road. It's a 2 minute drive (or 10 minute walk).