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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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  • We got to the area around 9:45 & there was some kind of marathon all around Crissy Field & Fort Mason. So we had to park & walk a few blocks to get to the Fort. It wasn't very crowded at the time. So ...  more »
  • In addition to being the place where is filmo vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock, is very nice to visit it, is free and runs in 1 - 2 hours; If they climb above all there are great views of the Golden Gate Bridge
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  • If you time your visit right, you can get a cool demonstration from one of the park rangers on how the cannons were used.  more »
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  • It's fortunate, the engineers of the Golden Gate Bridge decided to save this Civil War era fort. It is a cool counterpoint to the bridge leaping over it. The tour is full of great information and is very engaging for all ages. The children were amazed, as were us adults. Outside the fort, it's fun to watch the surfers ! Parking is right outside the fort, but if you go early, it's easier to nab a spot.
  • Its a great historic site. It can get kinda cold since its right next to the bay. The view is amazing. You have the golden gate bridge above you and the bay in front of you. Inside the fort is equally impressive. Its an accurate representation of how it was back during the civil war. All in all, its a great place to visit.
  • 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.
  • Great historic site with amazing views. The juxtaposition of the fort, cliffs, bay and bridge are a combo that you will see nowhere else in the world. Totally worth the visit. I would suggest going early in the day though because parking is limited. It can also get pretty windy and cold down near the water, so be prepared for that.
  • Worth coming all the way out for the unique view. It can be chilly down here even with a gentle breeze, so bring a jacket! It is also maybe worth parking elsewhere and walking in if traffic is slowing you down. Consider getting a bike and coming out!
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