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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 #26 of 375 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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Tempe, Arizona
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

A friend of mine and I wanted a good view of the Golden Gate Bridge, and it happened to be a foggy day. We came here, and the best part was the top floor. Here, you are right underneath the bridge, and can get a wholly different view than anywhere else. You will have completely different pictures than anyone else... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We didn't visit this fort our first time in the city, but wanted to the second time. It is pretty easy to get to...my GPS found it just fine. Beautiful views to drive down the road to get to the parking. Free parking is always a plus. As with any activity by the water in San Francisco, bundle up! I... More

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Calgary, Canada
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69 reviews 69 reviews
12 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Do NOT miss this free opportunity! Located under the Golden Gate Bridge. Fantastic views for photos and so rich in history. A little windy especially on the top floor. Check out the hills beside it also which holds some interesting forts. Don't forget the camera!!!!

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24 reviews 24 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

When my husband said we were visiting a "fort," I didn't have high expectations. I'm SO glad he planned our excursion because this is a must visit in San Francisco. The views of the Golden Gate Bridge are spectacular from this vantage point. The fort itself is interesting; we did not take a tour, but read about the history as... More

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New York City, New York
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147 reviews 147 reviews
58 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Enjoyed the angles beside and under the Golden Gate Bridge. The Fort is a major draw for history buffs. Easily accessible while driving around the presidio and Chrissy field. Bathroom is located outside the Fort grounds.

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Salinas, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I've been to San Francisco many times but this was the first time I've visited the fort. I was impressed. The views were awesome and it was a really great place to take some nice photos. If you're not up for driving and then walking across the bridge I think this is a great alternative. Especially nice if your trying... More

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Montreal
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I popped in after being at the GG Bridge and timed it so I had a tour, which was interesting and informative. I was the only one on the tour. It's chilly in there, even though it was a very warm day. Bring a sweater.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This historical sight is a must see! It is free & self guided. Our family really enjoyed it & you get great views of the bridge and the bay. Start in the store & go watch the video to learn all about the Fort and its vast history. The kids had a blast exploring all the rooms & going up... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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125 attraction reviews
220 helpful votes 220 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My wife and I stopped here by chance while going to ride bikes across the Golden Gate. I was completely blown away. This Civil War fort is rich with history and you get a whole different perspective of the Golden Gate Bridge. Fort Point is directly under the bridge . There are great views of the bridge, the bay and... More

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Los Altos Hills, California
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I've visited several times and always enjoy this attraction. It is historically interesting, it is visually interesting and it is unique because you get a view of being directly under the Golden Gate Bridge. Fort Point is an old brick fort that was built for the American Civil War to defend San Francisco at the height of the California Gold... More

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