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Fort Ross State Historic Park

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Address: 19005 Coast Hwy One, Jenner, CA 95450
Phone Number: +1 707-847-3437
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Fri - Mon 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Activities: Scuba diving
Description: We are open 7 days a week through Labor Day (September 4th, 2015). Because...
We are open 7 days a week through Labor Day (September 4th, 2015). Because of Sacramento budget cuts, our days of operations vary with the season. See our website for the most up-to-date status. Originally built by Russians in 1812, Fort Ross became a state park in 1909. Today the 3,400 acre park offers pristine natural landscapes as well as historic structures and exhibits that bring to life the former Imperial Russian settlement, early California Ranch era, and the Kashia territory. Our visitor center showcases a museum, bookshop, and an 18-minute video introducing the park's history. Some points of interest: Russian Orthodox chapel, replica Russian-style windmill, historic buildings and exhibits, cannons, historic cemetery and orchard, and a San Andreas Fault marker. You can also enjoy Sandy Cove Beach and numerous trails. Activities include hiking, swimming, marine mammal watching, and more.
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Guided Kayak Tour: Russian River or Jenner Coast

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A must trip for people who value history and marvels of nature!

Highly recommended to families and people who value history and marvels of nature! Really: in one place in one museum to learn about history of First Nations who still live in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Highly recommended to families and people who value history and marvels of nature! Really: in one place in one museum to learn about history of First Nations who still live in nearby cities and beautiful nature around. What a treat! And most fascinating – we got a tour by outstanding bilingual guide Hank Birnbaum. I am originally from Russia and... More 

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Castaic, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

My fault. Was not careful enough to check the days the place is open. Looks like it would have been great. Drive from the south is awful.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We were headed up the coast from Bodega Bay to Mendocino and stopped by for a picnic lunch and quick look-around. Including lunch, we ended up spending about two hours here. We had a great time. The visitor center was clean and well taken care of. The fort itself was terrific, with all the buildings open to explore. Our kids... More 

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Coarsegold, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Went here not expecting much but we were pleasantly suprised. It's a really nice state park with great picnic areas overlooking the ocean. The fort was really interesting and we learned things about this area that we didn't know about. Good place for families.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We went to see this place while we were staying at Timber Cove Inn. Lots and lots of history. Great place to walk and have fun!

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Arkansas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Timed our trip down from Fort Bragg so we could stop at Fort Ross. Checked their web site to make sure they were open. But when we arrived (about 11 a.m. on a Wednesday) the entrance gates were closed and locked. Several cars had stopped on the shoulder of Hwy 1 and climbed over the gate. Might be a good... More 

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Sacramento, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Fort Ross - think RUSSIA - is a stimulating and fun state park to visit. The outpost was originally populated by Russians and the historic feel lingers today. The 'fort' resembles a very small village; hiking around the outpost is fun and filled with views of the Pacific. The gift shop/ interpretative center rivals any larger state park; we thoroughly... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The visit and the presentation from the park ranger about the Russians and their impact on the locals was very interesting. A great park to hang out for a few hours and enjoy some wonderful ocean views, mixed in with a real fort and some history. Great for visits with kids.

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Rocklin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

First time I've been there in around 25-30 years. They've done a lot to the park and added a very nice visitor center and paths. Enjoyed one of the park staff's presentation - was geared for all ages without being boring. We were staying in Bodega Bay and wanted a short afternoon trip. Drive is gorgeous.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Fort Ross- think Russia- is worth the drive! The historic outpost offers great views of the Pacific... Bring a picnic lunch. The gift shop and interpretative center are 5 star. We thoroughly enjoyed the morning there.~~

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Address: 19005 Coast Hwy One, Jenner, CA 95450
Phone Number: +1 707-847-3437
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sonoma County  >  Jenner
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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