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Fort Point National Historic Site

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Address: Long Ave & Marine Dr, Building 999, San Francisco, CA 94129
Phone Number: 415 556 1693
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From its vantage point overlooking the spectacular Golden Gate, Fort Point...

From its vantage point overlooking the spectacular Golden Gate, Fort Point protected San Francisco harbor from Confederate and foreign attack during and after the U.S. Civil War. Its beautifully arched casemates display the art of the master brick mason from the Civil War period.

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Always love history

Visited here as a teen, and was reminded of it in a bit of dialogue in The West Wing as a target due to its location under the bridge. It was just as interesting now. We missed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Visited here as a teen, and was reminded of it in a bit of dialogue in The West Wing as a target due to its location under the bridge. It was just as interesting now. We missed the annual reenactment, but there were still folks in period uniform. The view from the top floor of the bay is amazing. Good... More 

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San Rafael, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The NPS does wht they can to keep this historically accurate site available to the public and the views are spectular. Kids will love the history and the waterfront. To be there when a container or cruise chip enter the Bay, is a unique experience.

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Texas
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am only giving this site a 3 rating because I didn't tour it properly. We rented bikes & got caught in a heavy downpour near Fort Point NHS so we ran inside to wait it out. As we waited, I wandered around & then we talked to a ranger. The ranger was very informative (& clearly passionate about the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to learn some history of the Bay Area during civil war times. Also offers amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge from below!

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited Fort Point National Historic Site. It is an important fort (with cannons) that was used to protect the San Francisco Bay It was in use from Civil War Days to World War II. It is right by the Golden Gate Bridge. On a clear day, this area is a good place to get a fabulous view and... More 

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Fullerton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The history and museum aspect of the fort point is pretty great and very interesting, but I admit we mostly visited to take pictures of the bridge. Its right underneath the bridge so we got some really great shots. Its not the classic high angle you see most often, but still a great place to shoot from. The history exhibits... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stumbled onto this place by seeing from above while walking on Golden Gate Bridge. A short walk down from the visitor's centre at the bridge to the Fort. It was quiet with few tourists, although quite windy on the upper levels. Interesting history of when the Fort was an active military hold. Lots of old cannons and guns to... More 

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I cant believe I haven't heard more about this place. You have a unique view of the bay under the Golden Gate Bridge. The masonry is incredible. The history is well told with the displays in the barracks. Worth a visit.

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Forney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Besides the history aspect of the civil war era fort, it was awesome to make the trek to the fort. One of the best locations to get that Golden Gate Bridge photo.

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Suisun City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Aside from its historical value. Ft Point is a photographer's paradise.I've spent hours here with and without a model climbing all over this fascinating structure. A great backdrop for portrait ans family photos and stunning views.

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