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Fort Point National Historic Site

Long Ave & Marine Dr, Building 999, San Francisco, CA 94129
415 556 1693
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Ranked #31 of 374 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities, Lighthouses
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: From its vantage point overlooking the spectacular Golden Gate, Fort Point protected San Francisco harbor from Confederate and foreign attack during... more » 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. « less
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Rhodes, Greece
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124 reviews 124 reviews
51 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Fort Point is directly below the Golden Gate bridge and houses a number of historic canons. The vantage point is very nice for the general area, the bay and looking underneath the bridge. There is a lot of history at Fort Point, but unfortunately no docents and not many displays to relay this history to visitors. The tours are very... More

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San Jose
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

If you want a free view of the SF, a look at the underside of the Golden Gate, a free view of surfers, a look at Marina Green from the Ocean, a great place to take pictures of Civil War era masonry, etc... then you have to come to Fort Point. The place is free, though a donation is suggested.... More

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

This place is free and is also really cool. You can see the golden gate bridge from here and views of the city and bay. While it is free they do offer tours of the barricks and the times are posted, we did not stay for one. You are free to walk around and look at everything. Def worth your... More

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Tracy, California
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

In 1769, Spain occupied the San Francisco area. In 1776, Spain established the area's first European settlement. In 1794, Spain built the “Castillo de San Joaquin,” which was an adobe structure housing nine to thirteen cannons and sat where Fort Point is today. The fort was built to protect against encroachment by the British and Russians. In 1821, Mexico won... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went as a group from work. The tour guide was knowledgable and it was a great clear day. Went and had lunch at Crissy Field followed by the Military Intelligence Museum. Overall a great day!

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We were very impressed with this fort! An NPS ranger took us on a half hour tour of the fort, detailing its history and importance to the U.S. The views from the top of the fort were amazing, but be prepared for the wind!!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

The location is spectacular (it literally defined the location of the Golden Gate before the bridge was built). The history is remarkable (intact Civil War fort, in pristine condition). The cultural references are endless ("Vertigo" begins here, remember?).

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Brisbane
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234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I didn't even know there was a fort in SAN FRAN. until I went on a half day tour of the city . Great place for photos . Those old cannon are fabulous , Great view over the bay . Can be very gusty at times !!

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Australia
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Historical site right next to the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Fort has rooms with items from when it was operational and a lot of interesting history about the fort and its use over time. There was a tour guide speaking to a group of students when we visited. A group of actors were rehearsing a Shakespearean play... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Fort point is an historic area right next to the Golden Gate Bridge.There is a promontory with outstanding views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay ,which is great for snapshots and we watched surfers right next to the bridge on the paths below.

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