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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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Very Interesting, Surprising and Dramatically Beautiful.

I'd always wondered why the Russian River was given that name and why our town has a Russian name… Fort Ross' interesting exhibits and unique architecture explained all! A lovely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Sebastopol, California
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Sebastopol, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I'd always wondered why the Russian River was given that name and why our town has a Russian name… Fort Ross' interesting exhibits and unique architecture explained all! A lovely spot that seems to be held out of time. Worth the detour. We happened to be there just before closing and had the opportunity to hang out on the coast... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Really enjoyed our visit where we could wander around freely at our own pace and enjoy the atmosphere and history. Not so much a museum with display cases but well preserved buildings with lots of character furnished effectively and telling a story. Stay in the State Park Camp site nearby and enjoy the rocky private coves and decent facilities.

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San Bruno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Fort Ross is very well maintained historic site. The stuff is very knowledgeable, Hank gave us an excellent tour of the site, detailing the history and purpose of each building and location. The trip to fort makes an excellent day into the country, it's not too far from SF and there are a few places where you can stop by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This was just going to be a quick stop on our way to Salt Point State Park, but we could have spent all day here! The location is breathtakingly beautiful, the structures, exhibits, and displays are very educational. Everybody needs to stop here and learn something about history!

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I visited Fort Ross last Sunday and enjoyed my visit tremendously. It was so cool to see the traditional Russian architecture on California coast line! The museum itself is not large at all - it would not take longer than an hour or so to view the fort. However, I highly recommend to stay for an Interpretive Ranger tour, especially... More 

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

On Sunday we visited Fort Ross- for me that was the highlight of the trip. If you are history Buff you might want to allow 4 hours to see Fort Ross. We were there on a Sunday at Noon and I am so pleased we got in on the 45 min. talk given by Interpretive Ranger, I think her name... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

What a GREAT historical place to roam. Youngsters as well as old history buffs will totally enjoy this place. There's a lot to see and do. Check out their website. You won't be disappointed. Website: www.parks.ca.gov/fortross http://www.fortross.org Stop in Jenner on your way to or from to see the seals and sea lions on the beach. additional website: www.scwa.ca.gov/marine-mammals/

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I have visited here last week with family. I was surprised to see the surroundings and fort. I never thought of such a marvellous place in California. This is a must visit place in CA.

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sacramento
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is a fun place to scramble around. The history is interesting, & the views, wow. Great place to take kids, but we didn't and it was still great. If you are in area, you must visit.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We Liked it.It was very authentic and plenty of good history here. There was a good tour of the old buildings and the fort, and a very interesting account of the historic events of the area.The views are amazing from the cliffs.

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