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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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Fri - Mon 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Scuba diving
Description: Because of Sacramento budget cuts, our days of operations vary with the...
Because of Sacramento budget cuts, our days of operations vary with the season. See our website for the most up-to-date status. In Spring 2015 we should be open 4 days a week, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday. 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. Some points of interest are: 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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Fort Ross, CA

The trip up there is harrowing! The coastal highway is a long and winding road up a steep grade. The fort was actually closed the day we went; however, we were able to park and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Richmond, Virginia
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Richmond, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The trip up there is harrowing! The coastal highway is a long and winding road up a steep grade. The fort was actually closed the day we went; however, we were able to park and walk on the grounds, which a lot of people were doing. It is an interesting historical site with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, but... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Well worth the time and effort to stop. When we got there, the park was closed due to lack of funding (it's only open on certain days). However, a sign says that you are welcome to walk around. Get a brochure from one of the visitors' centers along the coast prior to arriving and do your own self guided tour.

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Oceanside, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We were amazed how well preserved and maintained is this site. The museum is excellent, with posters, objects and video telling the history of the Fort. I grew up in Russia, so for me the story was especially interesting. On a day of our visit the weather was nice, we enjoyed walking inside and outside the compound. Also the drive... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We visited on one of the days when the Visitor Center was closed and the gate to the parking lots (self register) was locked We parked off the pavement along Highway One to the left of a no parking sign that pointed right. There was no indication that this was not a legal place to park. We got a $71.50... More 

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Sebastopol, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We spent all day. The displays in the visitor center are interesting, there is an old Russian Cemetery, a beach where the Russians launched their boats and the rebuilt fort which is well signed. The bookstore is great. We bought a book of early observations by Russian visitors to California which we would never have seen in another bookstore. This... More 

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Sebastopol, California
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This reconstructed Russian fort was the site of a multi-ethnic community that included the local Native Americans, the Yankees, the Russians who were intent on killing every fur bearing animal they encountered and visitors from Spanish America. Killing off the sea otters resulted in the highest of red abalone anywhere and the current ab diving industry. Listen to locals about... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Before you make the drive be sure to check with the visitors center in Jenner to see if the park is open. Budget cuts are changing some of the published information. The drive is beautiful but scary if you are afraid of heights. That said we were able to park on the road and walk in and though we didn't... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Fort Ross built by the Russians displays the excellent wood craftsmanship exercised by the Russians to this day. The displays were impressive and the walks very well done. The versatility of the design of the windmill was excellent showing how they could move the mill at the center pivot around to catch the wind as necessary.

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Berkeley, California
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136 reviews 136 reviews
54 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

If you are interested in California history you have to visit this place. Russian traders and hunters lived here and made an impact on California history which is also obvious by the names of Russian River and Sebastopol. You can explore the grounds by yourself but on the day we visited they had a demonstration of loading and firing a... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Drove out to Ft Ross from Santa Rosa mostly for the drive up the coast. Had not been out to Ft Ross in over 20 years or more. First let me say the fort is just as interesting as ever. I had a great time exploring the buildings and surroundings. That being said however you can explore the fort thoroughly... More 

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