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Fort Ross State Historic Park

Address: 19005 Coast Hwy One, Jenner, CA 95450
Phone Number: +1 707-847-3437
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Guided Kayak Tour: Russian River or Jenner Coast
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Jenner
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, State Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Scuba diving
Owner description: Good news-continuing past Labor Day, we will be open 4 days a week...
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Type: Historic Sites, State Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Scuba diving
Hours:
Thu - Mon 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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.
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Jefferson City, Missouri
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108 reviews 108 reviews
69 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

What a great place! I visited so many times for the past 25 years. I live in San Francisco so it is about two hour drive. Many great changes came to be over this time. New windmill replica, new (old) compound building. ADA trails, and much more. What I was surprised to see is people leaving 3 stars and a... More 

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Lodi, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 via mobile

If you have never visited Fort Ross go there. If it has been awhile, go back. Since I had been there last, the Park Service has built a nice Visitors Center that is worth spending time studying the exhibits. Care has been spent to improve the fort and the buildings in the fort. You can get a good idea of... More 

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Ankeny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Fort Ross is a work in progress but has progressed to the point where it is very interesting and informative about the Russian presence in the area during the early 1800's. The fort has been rebuilt but does contain some of the original inside structures and implements. The museum adjoining contains artifacts and much information about the fort. A brief... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Yep, that's right. Present day Fort Ross used to be a Russian settlement. It's now a state park with a lot of the original buildings preserved or restored. The grounds and buildings are well cared for. The church,graveyard and fort are still in tact and open for viewing. Some of the buildings and equipment used to load and unload the... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We came here one afternoon while staying at the Fort Ross Lodge, which is a few miles north of the Fort on Hwy 1. The highlight of the visit to the fort was the historical lecture given by one of the docents: it was full of good historical information and interesting anecdotes. After the lecture we walked around the fort... More 

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burleigh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Well worth stopping for an hour and wandering around Fort Ross ( from Rossiya). 35 years of peaceful Russian occupation on this most spectacular coastline is something I have only just learnt about. The fort is extremely well preserved and the walk among and though the buildings and along the coast is beautiful. Do not forget the chapel which is... More 

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