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Fort Point, San Francisco

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#5 of 35 in Historic Sites in 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. Plan to visit Fort Point during your San Francisco vacation using our convenient San Francisco tourist route planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Light hiking and history all underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. This was one of the best-done military history exhibits I've visited. So much of the site is preserved and great explanations presented ...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Those who are passionate about Alfred Hitchcock, definitely remember one of his masterpieces, "Vertigo", some scenes were shot right at Fort Point. Located at the end of Marine Drive, West of Crissy Field and right under the Golden Gate, is an old fortress built 150 years ago to defend against attacks by Confederate ships SF (which, however, it seems, have never occurred). When they built the Golden Gate, at the beginning of the 30 's of the last century, they decided not to kill the strong considering it, rightly, a classic example of military architecture. In addition to this the Fort, which still retains some of the guns which was equipped in the 19th century, offers a spectacular view of the Bay, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate. Going upstairs, we were able to sight, far, whales, as well as numerous species of birds. Present information screens everywhere and a small museum with souvenirs. Free entry (at least it was Sunday), there is a small car park outside. Really worth a visit. Luca
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  • August 11, 2017
    The Fort was not on our sightseeing list but somehow it was on the way. The exhibition could use more care, the history of the Fort wirdaber interesting narrated. Impressive views of the gate us but have Golden Bridge from below. You can get a new reverence for the architectural performance of the Builder. The mood on the often wi tent roof of the Fort is also very impressive.
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  • June 16, 2017
    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.
  • May 31, 2017
    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!
  • May 2, 2017
    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!
  • April 22, 2017
    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 fiancé. We had done absolutely nothing wrong. Absolutely disappointing, rude, and unprofessional rangers
  • June 20, 2017
    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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