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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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Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Fort under Golden Gate Bridge

A must for all tourist to see. Situated under the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, this Civil War era fort is free to visit, not crowded and very interesting. Many photos of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

A must for all tourist to see. Situated under the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, this Civil War era fort is free to visit, not crowded and very interesting. Many photos of the times and employees in costume of the era.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Most residents of SF have never visited Fort Point, most probably don't even know its there or have only ever saw it as an old red brick building at the foot of the south tower. But Fort Point is a hidden treasure in San Francisco. The fort is a great place to visit with children as its completely open for... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Housed at the southern base of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Fort Point National Historic Site is a well preserved military fort formerly used as a defensive base guarding the entry to the San Francisco bay. Despite the construction of the GG Bridge, this old fortress was preserved. It is free, and easy to visit when you are on the... More 

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Silver Springs, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This facility is only open on the weekend but an interesting part of history, built to defend the country. My favorite thing there is a short movie on the history of building The Golden Gate Bridge with old film clips-an amazing feat. It is tucked underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and on the edge of the water. Pelicans, Cormorant and... More 

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North Richland Hills, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Bring a bike and enjoy the view. The paths are a little hilly, but who cares. The views of the Golden Gate Bridge are inspirational. This a photography haven.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Beautiful landscape, amazing view of the Golden Gate, where you can feel the times where the fort with the well located canyons, allows or not the ships to get into the bay.

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Sunnyvale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Apart from the historical aspect of the site, the views alone of the Golden Gate Bridge, the City and the Bay deserve a visit. A little out of the way for the average tourist w/o a car, but worth the cost a taxi or Uber ride, for sure. A different perspective of the City by the Bay.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

If you want a little bit of history, visiting Fort Point is a great learning experience. Set underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, this fort once protected San Francisco Bay from foreign invaders. Well maintained, authentic reproductions of the various eras in time, quite spectacular with the giant waves of San Francisco Bay crashing against the fort walls.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I grew up in the Bay Area in the 70's and my memory (which might be a little foggy from time), was that this was more of a "living" museum occupied by persons in period clothing explaining how the Fort worked in its prime. I saw none of this. Maybe because it was off-peak season. There were no guides that... More 

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Chico, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I love the history of this place. Great place for the family and a small hike. Good photo opportunities. I love the view.

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