Trip Planner:   USA  /  California  /  San Francisco  /  Fort Point

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 .
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Fort Point
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Fort Point Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
964 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • Built during Goldrush to protect SF Bay from attack has great history. Never used for war, but has been prison and storage facility. Take guided tour, especially if they offer night tours!  more »
  • I went to 5/2018. Panoramic views from the Golden Gate Bridge for the bridge. Where once was a fortress, is now 3-storey Museum (which was closed when I went) and is crowded with many tourists. Down the steep hill went by bicycle, but because it is uphill will return.
    View original
  • When visiting Fort Point I felt like I went back in time. It was a foggy morning and I could barely see the Golden Gate Bridge right above me. It was very strange and eerie. I could feel there was a l...  more »
Google
  • My experience walking across Golden Gate was AMAZING! The architecture and design of the bridge was magnificent, and my experience walking the whole bridge was breathtaking! It will very likely be windy and chilly, so be prepared for that, but aside from that the views and everything were spectacular! Seeing the bridge up close is already mind blowing, but actually walking the bridge is a different experience. We even saw a gigantic cargo ship and some whales while walking! Also, a quick note, use the bathroom before walking, because it would suck to want to use it in the middle of the bridge. Definitely MUST go if you have not seen the bridge before, because seeing the bridge with the mist and fog is an experience you can NOT miss! The Golden Gate Bridge is a technical masterpiece that can only be described in superlative terms. When the bridge was completed in 1937 it was the world's longest and tallest suspension bridge. But above all this masterly example of engineering is a magnificent monument set against a beautiful backdrop. Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge started in 1933. The bridge, which was designed by engineer Joseph Strauss was built to connect San Francisco with Marin County across the 1600 meter (+5000ft) wide strait known as the Golden Gate which links the San Francisco Bay with the Pacific Ocean. The dimensions of the bridge defied all imagination. The total length of the bridge is 8,981ft or 2,737 m. The main span between the two enormous towers is 4,200 ft or 1,280 meters long, making the Golden Gate Bridge the world's largest suspension bridge, a record that would stand until 1964 when the Verrazano-Narrows bridge in New York was completed. The two beautiful Art Deco towers are almost 820ft or 250 meters tall, of which more than 20 meters is below the sea level. The road, six lanes and 90 ft / 27m wide is an amazing 220 ft or 67 meters above the water level. It is supported by enormous cables, anchored in hundreds of bars locked into concrete blocks with a pulling power of 25 million kg. The two cables have a total length of 2,332 meters and a diameter of 90 centimeters. They are woven from 27,572 threads of steel with a total length that equals three times the earth's circumference.
  • Very windy up top. Place is usually open and you can even climb around a bit for some interesting views under the bridge. The inside is actually filled with small exhibits though I've never personally taken the time to truly look through them all. I highly recommend making it to the top for a bit and definitely being careful in the wind. Great place to stop on a bike ride.
  • I didn't know much about this fort before coming here. But I had a good time exploring the fort and learning about its past and its role in protecting San Francisco and the bay area. The rangers were really nice about answering questions and were very knowledgeable about the fort and its history. It doesn't take a lot of time, but I'd still allow for at least two hours, especially if it's busy when you visit. Be prepared for a bit of a walk because close parking is limited. I didn't know it is the only fort of its kind on the west coast. Great little spot as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area under the National Park Service.
  • It is the perfect place to get a good shot of the entire Golden Gate bridge and a great view of the bay. You can also explore the civil war era fort and it’s exhibits. Take a walk along the bay trail starting from Fort point on a sunny day and don’t forget to bring a light jacket.
  • Great historic site under south tower of Golden Gate Bridge. The Civil War era fort is open on Saturday and Sunday. Go to to level for amazing viewers under the bridge to Alcatraz and Marin. Easy hike up to the GG Bridge scenic area.
Places to stay near Fort Point

Plan your trip to San Francisco

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Fort Point by other users

20 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRIA August, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 22 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRIA August, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 60 days in United States, Montreal & Toronto BY A USER FROM ISRAEL June, teens, kids, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 22 days in California, Las Vegas & New York City BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 32 days in United States & Kuwait City BY A USER FROM KUWAIT August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 28 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM BELGIUM May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 32 days in Continental USA BY A USER FROM ROMANIA August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 59 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans