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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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Explore an unknown chapter in California history.

Between the Spanish explorers and 1849 gold rush, there are unknown chapters of California's history that are fascinating enough to intrigue even non-history buffs. Who knew that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Between the Spanish explorers and 1849 gold rush, there are unknown chapters of California's history that are fascinating enough to intrigue even non-history buffs. Who knew that the Russians settled here almost before any other Europeans, and they left a small legacy to California's cultural melting pot that gives this corner of the state a unique feeling of lonely exploration... More 

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Rancho Santa fe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Fascinating even for a seven year old. This historic park has been restored and it feels very real. The ranger gave an excellent presentation. The Russian church is quite moving to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This 'fort' was actually a commercial Center built in 1812 to help supply Russian settlements in Alaska with meat and agricultural products like wheat, fruit and vegetables. The stockade, towers and cannon were to impress the spaniards/Mexicans, not to defend against the Indians. The Russians had excellent relations with the native inhabitants, paying them for their work and living among... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We were not expecting much when we decided to go. We have seen it from the road before but this was our first time stopping in. Who would have know the Russians came here in early 1800's. They have a very nice visitors center which shows the development of the area from Indians, Russia, Mexico and finally Californians. Very informative.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This was not a planned stop but very glad that we did. The presentation of their history is very well done. The grounds are well kept and the historians knowledgeable about Fort Ross and the area in general. I recommend taking Old Ross Road, which is straight out of the Fort Ross parking lot for about a 3 mile one... More 

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Napa, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

A real treat to learn about a much forgotten part of California history. Nicely recreated buildings and beautiful displays.Fascinating Russian and native artifacts on display. My kids, ages 4 & 6, enjoyed exploring all of the buildings and climbing stairs to the upper rooms. Canons, muskets, farming implements, wood working tools were great entertainment for the whole family. The easy-to-walk-to... More 

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

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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