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Fort Ross State Historic Park

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Address: 19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450
Phone Number: +1 707-847-3437
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

As of November 3rd, we are open only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and...

As of November 3rd, we are open only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays (closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) through March 15th. In addition we are open on state holidays: January 1 & 19, February 16, March 31, May 25, July 4th, September 7, November 11, Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day. Open December 22nd, 23rd, 24th and from December 26th to January 2nd. Because of Sacramento budget cuts, our days of operations vary with the season. 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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Outstanding History Park!

My wife and I are very interested in history of all kinds and have especially read about and visited sites involved with the fur trade in North America. On our winter visit to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Bill C
Onalaska, Wisconsin
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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I are very interested in history of all kinds and have especially read about and visited sites involved with the fur trade in North America. On our winter visit to sunny California (from wintry Wisconsin) we visited Fort Ross and it was amazing. We had a guided tour by a gentleman named Hank Birnbaum. He has lived... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a great find along Highway One. It was full of rich history and the guided part of the tour was free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was wonderful trip in the middle of the the winter. Very interesting historical place , nice museum and outstanding views of ocean. Staff was nice and helpful. Good to go with family and friends, they have couple of festivals on the summer with folklore group, would be interesting to see

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I don't know about you, but I had no idea there was a Russian outpost in Northern California before it became a state! During our trip around the area we spent a couple of hours exploring this historic site, which was fascinating. Be sure to walk down to the beach as well.

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

This year my wife and I elected to travel 2800 miles west so we could spend Christmas in the Redwood forests of northern California's coastal area near Guerneville. On Christmas Eve we drove 15 miles on an ancient narrow road (Fort Ross Road) to the Pacific Ocean cliffs and the site of historic Fort Ross. Fort Ross was an a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

The California coast reminded us of Cornwall. It was beautiful and the Fort is well kept with ++ historically interesting facts. I did not realize of the Russian influence in this area and their integration with Alaskan ppl in the 1800s. The park entrance is $8 and it was a very good deal. We spent about 2 hours there. The... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

A history not many know about. Great children's programming. Right on the coast and worth the stop if you are driving in that area. Found the clumps of lily's growing wild very intriguing. Volunteer staff wonderful and knowledgeable.

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Who knew there were Russians (and Alaskan natives) who settled in Northern California in the 1800s? I only knew about this park because a colleague had been there and recommended it. When we got there, we had not eaten any breakfast and hoped for a cafe at the park - no such luck, but we drove north up Route 1... More 

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

The only reason we ended up visiting this fort because my wife needed to use a bathroom. I wasn't real happy about paying the entry fee just to use a restroom but this stop turned out to be an incredible experience! This historic site is at the very top of all I have seen. If you are interested at all... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

Fascinating glimpse at the history of the fur trade in California and Russia's first and only establishment in California. After the sea otters were all but wiped out, the Russians left, which made the Spaniards happy. Interesting museum and restored buildings. One building is original.

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