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Fort Point, San Francisco

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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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  • And entrance is free. Park rangers are here to answer any questions. Exhibits are a little old style but interesting. Windy and cool I think on most days - bring a jacket. Inclused some building of th...  more »
  • Most people know the city for other attractions, but this is definitely a must when one comes for a visit. This is a great place to learn about the city's history and its development trough the years....  more »
  • WE stopped at the Fort while on our city tour. It was very interesting to see. The Golden Gate bridge was right there onthe bay and the scene was great.  more »
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  • Great place to take pictures of the bridge. Always a ton of people there so parking won't be easy. Be careful on the road that leads up to Fort point. It's a small road with bicyclists and people walking.
  • great point to see the golden gate bridge. nice to explore and understand the historical role this fort plays and the bridge construction. great vantage point on the top but with very strong cold winds!
  • This is an awesome place to visit. As soon as you step through the ginormous doors you know you are stepping into history. There are lots of nooks and crannies to explore and lots of educational materials also. Great for adults and children!
  • The place is gorgeous and really incredible for photography. The rangers are extremely rude to photographers. They talk to them like they are children climbing around on the banisters even if they are just minding their own business and taking pictures. Very rude employees. Beautiful location. I was told "this place is not a playground or theme park, you cannot be running around and playing and blocking the views" then they proceeded to kick us out. I was just standing out of the way so my husband could get we Engagement photos of his sister and her fiancĂ©. We had done absolutely nothing wrong. Absolutely disappointing, rude, and unprofessional rangers
  • We hit that place upon a bicycle tour 2009. Scenic view point. Access to the bridge. Not easy to bike; too many people.

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