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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 #20 of 318 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Lighthouses, Military Bases/ Facilities, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
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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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Hudsonville, Michigan
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177 reviews 177 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

We didn't know you could go inside this site, and it was interesting. You can climb up the various levels of the fort, see the cannons, and just get a feel for this fort. The location is spectacular! Walk the rest of the way to Crissy Field and you have an amazing view of the bridge. Parking was free down... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is a great free attraction in San Francisco, but probably not one of the "top" sights of you only have a short visit. The museum was ok. The highlight, for me, was the view of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge.

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San Francisco
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36 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A Civil War era brick fort similar to the design of Ft. Sumter on the east coast. It, along with other nearby army installations guarded the entrance to San francisco Bay. It is at one foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, which towers over it. Try to go on a day when replications of daly fort garrison life are presented.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I can't say how impressed we were while visiting the fort. The views of the bridge and the amazing fort were a San Francisco highlight for us. It was like taking a step back in history while walking through the fort and seeing the different cannons and exhibits. Watching the bridge as the sun went down and lit it up... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Situated beneath the span of the Golden Gate Bridge is Fort Point, a red brick built civil war Fort featuring numerous rooms telling the story of the Fort, and those that lived there. There are three floors to explore as well as the rooftop gun emplacements with views over the Bay. Open 10-5 Friday to Monday at the time of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

a lot of interesting history to check out. beautiful building under the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. beautiful views of the city, Alcatraz and of course under the golden gate. this is free to visit they do however accept donations for the fort. parking is limited and you must be very careful driving in and out because of all... More

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Oakland California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Even living here 50 years, this site is always a bit difficult to find due to changes in traffic during construction. This spot is directly under the south tower of the Gold Gate Bridge. The old walls would have much to say if they could share their story. We loved the site and the vistas. The ocean was roaring the... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Fort Point is a beautiful brick fort with masonry from the Civil War period. The fort itself is interesting to walk through, but you can also get wonderful views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The fort is located directly underneath the bridge and you can head to the top of the fort for a very up close view of the... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Fort Point is basically at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, sitting quite literally right under it. It was there before the bridge was built and guarded the entrance to the harbour. Nowadays, it's a tourist attraction well worth a visit. One tip would be to have some warm clothing with you, as it can be really warm one... More

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

In the shadow of the most famous bridge in the world, Fort Point can easily be overlooked. Fortunately, we took notice, and entered the fort’s interior for a modest donation. We were immediately paid back with fascinating views of the underbelly of the Golden Gate Bridge. After climbing three flights of steps to the top of the fort, we encircled... More

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