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Fort Ross State Historic Park

19005 Coast Hwy One, Jenner, CA 95450
+1 707-847-3437
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Jenner
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Historic Sites
Activities: Scuba diving
Owner description: Good news-continuing past Labor Day, we will be open 4 days a week, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Originally built by Russians in 1812, Fort Ross... more » Owner description: Good news-continuing past Labor Day, we will 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 Kashaya territory. Some of the 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. « less
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San Francisco, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Excellent park with the history of the Russian settlement in this part of California that was not explored nor settled by the Spaniards.

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Pembroke, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Stopped here on our road trip from Point Reyes to Leggatt.Unfortunately it was a day on which it was closed (open Monday, Friday, Sat and Sun). However we talked to one of the passing fort guides who told us we could park just off the main road and walk into the fort. As it happened there was a school educational... More

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Kilauea
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This historical site is beautifully maintained. The docent on hand spoke Russian, English and some French. We were not there for the first part of his talk yet everyone was encouraged to ask questions and he was a wealth of information. After touring, reading the exhibits and listening one could definitely imagine what life may have been like for the... More

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Rialto, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Fort Ross was built by the Russians in 1812. It has been preserved and reconstructed with great exhibits explaining the various buildings. Definitely a stop when traveling on Hiway 1!

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is SO worth the drive up Highway1 ! The history is so interesting and the historical interpreter we had -- Hank Birnbaum -- is a total gem -- fluent in Russian as well as English and a brilliant and fascinating lecturer for all ages. I have been to comparable historic sites and Ft. Ross easily beats them for the... More

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Oakmont, Pennsylvania
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135 reviews 135 reviews
40 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

We drove up the Pacific Coast Highway from Sonoma on our way to play golf in Bodega Bay. Since we were early we decided to see the scenery along the coast so we drove up to see Fort Ross. The drive is not for the faint of heart since it involves lots of hairpin turns along a road which hugs... More

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Capistrano Beach, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Unfortunately Fort Ross was closed when we stopped by. We hiked in for a little self guided tour. It is beautiful but just not sure if it was closed on that particular day or their are certain day's its open or closed for construction. Beautiful place, was quiet and serene!

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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I love stopping in again and again to revel in the history of Russians failing to thrive in what seems like paradise and of the Inuit hunters that accompanied them.

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Berkeley, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

What a fascinating place and great for photography--both because of the structures and the incredible variable light coming from the ocean and fog.

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Irvine CA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Fort Ross State Historic Park is worth a brief stop when driving Route 1 from San Francisco to Fort Bragg. One does not normally think of Russians among the early settlers of the Pacific Coast of North America but Fort Ross provides some interesting insight to the Russian exploration of North America,

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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review

Dear William P, Thank you for your review. It's true that this part of history is little known to many local Californians and visitors alike. It's with reviews like yours, and all the hard work done at Fort Ross, that we are slowly spreading that info. A bit of good news from Fort Ross, we will continue to be open... More

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