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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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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212 reviews 212 reviews
115 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Rhodes, Greece
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51 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

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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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

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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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

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 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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29 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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128 reviews 128 reviews
58 attraction reviews
239 helpful votes 239 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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