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Fort Point, San Francisco
(4.7/5 based on 700 reviews on the web)
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. Plan to visit Fort Point during your San Francisco vacation using our convenient San Francisco tourist route planner.
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  • It is interesting to look around. We managed to get a parking spot even though there aren't many of them because people are frequently coming and going. 
  • This is such a historical area - and the perfect place to view SF from the Golden Gate, and look across at Tiburon, too. There are often surfers in the water, many tourists, and locals alike. A fun sp...  more »
  • A beautiful view from under the bridge at this location. The fort is full of historical information and war weaponry from the past. Excellent location for photography. 
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  • Beautiful preserved Civil War era fort under the San Francisco side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Views of the bridge and city are incredible. Very glad I made the trek here and stopped in. Fort Point is walkable from the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center, down several stories of steps. Admission is free. A quick walk through the fort leads you to the roof of the fort, with unobstructed and unparalleled views of the underside of the bridge. A must-see if you are in the area.
  • Beautiful place that has such a scenic view of both San Francisco city, as well as the Golden Gate Bridge. This is a hidden gem, and a little inaccessible. But nothing an Uber can't get to. There's a museum here, and a rooftop with a great view of the red Bridge. Do check it out! The view is gorgeous.
  • Visiting beautiful San Francisco ca. Took a bus to get here and walked a couple miles. Internet said it was open today Monday 10 to 5. When we got here it was only open Fri.Sat.and Sun. No mention on the internet. If you call a certain number they will let you know the real facts. Is this our real government at work. How hard is it to change this.
  • Very informative and cool place to visit. Right underneath the golden gate bridge. Offers some great views of the bridge from the bottom to the end across the bay. The rest of the place was great and it was really interesting to see the cannons and other things they had on display.
  • What an amazing, if hidden, stop in SF! 19th century fort sitting on the very north tip of the SF peninsula, directly beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. The views of the bay and Pacific, not to mention the bridge, are amazing. The history of the fort, 3 stories of brick and concrete, is very interesting. The place used to guard the entrance to SF bay with huge cannons and guns. Now, you can wander the halls and see how the soldiers lived. Lots of free parking, and entrance to the fort is free, too. Its a national monument run by the National Parks system. Definitely worth a stop.