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Fort Point National Historic Site

Address: Long Ave & Marine Dr, Building 999, San Francisco, CA 94129
Phone Number: 415 556 1693
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Ranked #22 of 330 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Lighthouses, Military Bases/ Facilities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: From its vantage point overlooking the spectacular Golden Gate, Fort Point protected San Francisco...
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Type: Historic Sites, Lighthouses, Military Bases/ Facilities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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San Diego
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We came on a day where there was a "Civil War" reenactment. Very beautiful old building. Lots of history. Great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Great for kids and history buffs.

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46 reviews 46 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Excellent place to visit on any occasion. The Parking is very limited so I would suggest parking by Crissy Field area and walking or even riding you bike.

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This was a totally unexpected gem! The old fort is great for a history buff like me, but the location is basically right under the GG bridge. The views of the bridge are spectacular and up close. A real view of the engineering marvel. The views of the City are also spectacular. When we visited, there were only a handful... More 

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Colorado
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129 reviews 129 reviews
62 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Thank you to the previous tripadvisor reviewers who pointed me here. WOW! Once you get past the traffic of people trying to get on the Golden Gate Bridge and people looking at the bridge, there is Free parking, great views of the bridge, no crowd, and a little history along the way. We had a fantastic stop here. I highly... More 

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Jackson, Missouri
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12 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Three of us were just taking in an afternoon in San Francisco, visiting the wharf, Alcatraz, The Presidio, and a friend of ours suggested checking out Fort Point, which is located under the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge. Really? That would be interesting, as I had never been under the bridge. Well, on land anyway, when I was... More 

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Meredith, New Hampshire
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29 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We didn't mean to go here, and it wasn't on our radar when heading out to SFO. However, we walked the whole water front on one day, and missed the turn up the hill to get up to the Golden Gate. (After that long of a walk, it is easy to miss as you just keep walking towards the bridge.)... More 

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Blue Mounds
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79 reviews 79 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I'm sure the reason they don't advertise the heck out of this place is it's FREE. Parking is FREE. Admission is FREE. It's such a neat view being under the Golden Gate Bridge. The kids loved this and so did I. Plenty of history information and also was able to see some people surfing when we parked the car. What... More 

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Morris County, NJ
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This is the most underrated attraction in SF that I'm aware of. Learn about the military history of the area, great views of the Golden Gate Bridge, learn about the bridge and its history. No admission fee, free parking. You need a car to get there, but definitely worth it.

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Malaga
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66 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

A stop and walk through Fort Point is worthwhile. Good views of under the Golden Gate and learning a bit of history of San Francisco while doing it. I have spent many hours photographing in this location.

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New York City, New York
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66 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

As the ocean pounds it way through the golden gate this is the place to be. Watch the surfers hit the break under the bridge. Go when it is semi-bad weather to see the surf and ocean go through it's paces. Then head someplace warm for a great coffee or hot cocoa... Heaven.

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