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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 #27 of 377 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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Madison, Alabama
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This was a priority stop for our rushed, whirlwind CA visit. My bf is a military history buff, so the combination of the cannons and such on display, plus the surrounding views from the top floor were an excellent use of our limited time. As almost always true in many parts of SF, the wind was strong and cold. No... More

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Porto Alegre, RS
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

The Fort is interesting, but nothing really exciting. I've been to a lot of Forts al over the world and this was one of the least exciting. The view of the Golden Gate, though, makes it worth the visit.

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Sacramento, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This site is a MUST VISIT when in San Francisco. Absolutely one of the best place to view and take photos of the bridge, the city and the bay. I always send visitors to this spot

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Vancouver
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Most people didn't know what it was that they had encountered at the end of the walk to the Golden Gate Bridge and simply turned back around. I am so glad that I went in and explored! Very fascinating piece of history the Fort is. There are a few exhibits replicating what it looked like when it was in use... More

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Copperopolis, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Wish we would have arrived a little earlier. They closed at 5pm. I have been before but wanted to take my son and his wife. The view of the SF skyline and the Bridge is spectacular. Will go back again and again.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The Fort itself was very interesting and there was enough signage (plus the brochure) to learn about the Fort without the full tour. For fantastic views of the bridge and bay, this place is great. My husband and I stopped here on a foggy afternoon and were easily able to find parking. The parking lot is small, but we were... More

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Martinez, California
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Fort Point is a Civil War-era brick fort located at the north end of San Francisco, directly below the southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge. In the summer it's open to the public 6 days a week, Thursday thru Tuesday, and they occasionally do Civil War reenactments. They do a great job of explaining the then state of the... More

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Tempe, Arizona
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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79 reviews 79 reviews
19 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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