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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 #18 of 317 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Lighthouses, Military Bases/ Facilities, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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Meredith, New Hampshire
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66 reviews 66 reviews
29 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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65 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
62 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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Seattle, Washington
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Watch the surfers try not to crash to their death on the close rocks as their try to maneuver the strong waves. The fort is fun to but the view is the main attraction.

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Hudsonville, Michigan
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56 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

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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269 helpful votes 269 helpful votes
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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