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Fort Point, San Francisco

Visit Fort Point to discover a time capsule from both the West Coast's colonial past and the turmoil of the Civil War. Long a defender of the city from foreign attack, the earlier fortification was constructed by the Spanish in the 18th century, and then later rose to prominence as a safeguard against potential Confederate advances in the region. Walk around the site and admire the fortress' sturdy octagonal construction, which utilized masonry and thick walls to protect it against cannons and firearms. Follow the park's self-guided tour, or join one led by a park ranger, to learn more about the lives of the soldiers who once lived here, as well as the fort's role in military affairs and its eventual decline in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge. Make Fort Point part of your personalized San Francisco itinerary using our San Francisco trip planning website .
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  • This is a free fort that pretty much right under the Golden Gate Bridge. The fort has cannons you can take pics with and on the top you can get awesome pics of the bridge. Right outside of the fort u ...  more »
  • Fort point is a real insider's tip with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. The Fort point is free to visit. There is very little parking, that should you involve during the tour.
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  • Beautiful spot, easy to find, following GPS, free parking, free entrance, and you get to see the Golden Gate from so many different angles, including underneath! The Fort opens at 10:00 am, and inside...  more »
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  • Amazing views, it is cold so be sure and bring a light jacket. There's so much, to learn here, great place, for children. Spectacular views of the beautiful ocean. Normally, its easy to find a parking spot. Great staff, very knowledgeable as well. I've been visiting for many years. Great for tourist as well. You will not be disappointed, that I do promise you.
  • This fort is located at the southern side of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is actually under the bridge and it provides a very good perspective for shooting photographs of San Francisco Bay from the San Francisco side all the way to Sausalito. You get a unique perspective of the Golden Gate bridge when you use this fort as a point for your photographs. It is a great place to visit but it can be very busy on the weekends. So I suggest as I always do, you get up early and get to it before the crowd gets there. It is free to go into the fort because it's part of the national park system. There is a walkway inside that will allow you to go to the top of the fort, which creates the greatest Vistas for taking photographs and just viewing the bay. Here are a few photographs that were taken from the top of Fort Point near San Francisco.
  • Amazing place to take amazing photos. Obviously windy and humid, so if you plan to stay for more than a few minutes be sure to bring a nice jacket. Don't miss it though.
  • So much fun!! A must see in Sf!!! You can feel the wind from the ocean and the vibrations from the cars going over the bridge! Get up close and personal with the Golden Gate bridge! Great place for a photo shoot! The rooms are so cool and the story behind it is even cooler! Lots of fun exhibits to visit inside and really nice people to answer your many questions! Definitely bring a JACKET or 2!!!
  • Nice place to view Golden Gate bridge from lower angle. And here is not crowded, so you can find parking easily. And a walk around the coast always good

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