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Fort Point, San Francisco

Lighthouse · Hidden Gem · Military Facility
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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  • Definitely a "cool place " to go. As living in the central valley, we decided to leave the heat for cooler temps of the bay. A great vantage point to see the bridge. Weekdays are great for Covid...  more »
  • Within the Presidio compound is Fort Point. Tours on a self guided basis are available. Fort Point is military out post during the Civil War. It's design is Spanish Colonial. Headphones are...  more »
  • You can just think of what this fort was like back in the Civil War days. It was very lucky that they were able to save this fort while they were building the Golden Gate Bridge.  more »
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  • This place is really amazing. The views of Golden Gate cannot be beaten. You are underneath the bridge so it is pretty spectacular. Tons of history here from different eras. If you are sight seeing in SF, make it a point to stop here and take it in. I promise it will take your breath away a bit and will not disappoint.
  • Great little area to see under the Golden Gate and take in some scenery. Nice and quiet of you want a place to just sit in the parking lot and relax from the busy hustle and bustle of San Fran! But if you’re after some action or excitement, there isn’t too much going on! :) enjoy.
  • Great place with a lot of interesting history to explore. The rooftop was very windy but gave beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the bay and parts of the city. If you’re near the bridge or want to get great views and learn the history behind it, then you should definitely add this spot to your list.
  • always love going to this place. There's a great view of the Golden key bridge from below, which is interesting for you to bring your out of town guests. They recently had a day we could play the piano at the fort which was really cool.
  • Great spot for scenic photos! You can see sea lions, get close to the water, use the restrooms, and of course take great pics of the bay and golden gate bridge. Lots of parking, just be patient and you'll get a spot

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