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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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Great trip!!! We had Hank Birnbaum as an excellent Russian speaking guide. Thanks a lot!

We highly recommend all Russian tourists in USA to visit Fort Ross and Russian river. It is a fantastic historic place which is nicely preserved and taken care of. You feel... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We highly recommend all Russian tourists in USA to visit Fort Ross and Russian river. It is a fantastic historic place which is nicely preserved and taken care of. You feel history here, particularly when you enter the buildings and see furs, old furniture and drawings on the walls. Great place to come and see this place and beautiful nature... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Although only one of the buildings here is the original it was still an enjoyable outing and we learned a lot about the Russian Outpost. They have a kids Jr. Ranger program here although it is not the normal Gold Badge, and doesn’t say Fort Ross on it. Just though I would mention that in case you have a child... More 

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Petaluma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This was a great place to visit. Very well preserved, and lots of information. If there is a docent talk and tour, be sure to go. The gift shop is not huge, but there are exhibits and a movie that is shown throughout the day. There are picnic grounds available just outside the gift shop. The Fort is a little... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Fascinating historic fort that the Russians once held. Well preserved and awesome to visit. A great place to have a picnic.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

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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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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Address: 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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