Fort Point, San Francisco
Categories: Lighthouses, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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Hidden away at the end of Marine Drive, tucked under the Golden Gate Bridge is a historical gem. This attraction is operated by the NPS and admission is free. So stop by, see a lot of history and uniq... read more »
I think my favourite thing about Fort Point is that you can access about 90% of it, so you can get a true feel of what it would have been like to be garrisoned there. Many other historic sites keep yo... read more »
Well preserved Fort. We did not get to do the guided tour but we heard part of it. Sounded excellent. Gives great alternative views of the bridge.
Parked around Crissy Fields area and walked towards the bridge just because. Didn't even realize what this building was until we got there and then, did not realize that it was accessible. Just happened to be there at 10AM Saturday morning when it opened and picked up on the fact that you could go inside. Love that it's free (unsolicited donation in the box was a no-brainer) and for someone who's not a big fan of historical stuff, this was really cool. 3 Levels of preserved historical artifacts with explanatory plaques and then there's the roof with all the cannon mounts and the lighthouse. If you get there early you may be treated to an uncrowded experience like we were!
Great place to explore but hang onto your hat for the wind. This is the old fort under the golden gate bridge. Very old, many places to explore with anyone. Accessible for wheelchair on first floor, 3 storey brick structure, metal and granite spiral stairs, many displays uncluding cannons, history, talks from rangers and a small store. This is one of your parks, so stuff something in the contrabution box because it is free parking and entry. My grandson loved running around the place and looking inro many hidden spots. People also go here for the view of bridge, breakers, to fish, and watch many kinds of boats and ships coming into the bay
Free to enter this very cool Civil War period fort. Great view of the bridge and SF at the top. Some interesting SF history.
I can't argue with free. Be careful of road traffic toward the fort as you walk the street. I walked down from the Golden Gate visitor center. There are plenty of steps and a relatively steep slope. I did not find it difficult. I spent more time here than planned. I was unaware of the exhibits inside the fort including, history of the fort, Golden Gate Bridge construction, photo exhibit of workers on the bridge. Examples of cannons were interesting. Everything is self guided. A small souvenir store is inside. The view was amazing at the top of the fort. The views include San Francisco, under the bridge, and ships coming from the Pacific. We were able to watch whales (my first time). Fortunate for a local to point it out to us, thanks!
A beautiful place to see the Golden Gate Bridge, just keep in mind that some tourists are oblivious to their surrondings. Drive slowly and be prepared to have people walk in groups 6 wide and have zero consideration for those around them. Haha! Gorgeous location nontheless.
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