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“Historical Fort Point has stories to tell....” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fort Point National Historic Site

Fort Point National Historic Site
Long Ave & Marine Dr, Building 999, San Francisco, CA 94129
415 556 1693
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Ranked #19 of 317 Attractions in San Francisco
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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“Historical Fort Point has stories to tell....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

We actually stumbled on this historical Fort by chance on a Saturday driving to SFO. What gets your attention initially is the dramatic, up-close view of the Golden Gate Bridge.The Fort was built on a promontory overlooking one inlet of the Bay to help fortify defenses during the Civil War, the Gold Rush era; WW11 and interestingly the guns were never fired. Other uses included a barracks for single officers of the Presidio and a detention barracks (never used) in WW1.

While we walked around we couldn’t help noticing the masonry and brickwork that looks like it was laid yesterday and is an amazing testament to the abilities of the Army Engineering Corp – built to last and thankfully remains in the care of the National Park Service.

Located at the end of Marine Drive on the Presidio – Free entry - Open Fri – Sun 10am to 5 pm, Small bookstore and a separate snack /souvenir kiosk inside the Fort with restrooms located outside - a little stroll along the road. Parking is all along the promenade but we saw bikes and walkers everywhere.

We did a self-guided tour with some info (at the gate entry point) but 30 min guided tours with a ranger start mid - morning (check times) called - the Fort History Tour. Also of interest are a couple of short videos in the theatre near the bookstore. One shows an historical timeline of the Fort and the other shows footage on the Company that built the Bridge (construction and the men who worked on it). Other exhibits talk about the importance of lighthouses here, ‘gatekeepers’ and the story of African-American soldiers.

What you’ll get on a visit here is a sense of history, a look at flawless building techniques, cannon loading demos (check times), spectacular Bay views on the ramparts, an ’underworld’ look at the Bridge and a variety of stories/videos on the life and times of this Fort – just remarkable!

Enjoy your experience!

Visited March 2013
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“a Hidden Gem in San Francisco....One of the Best View of the GG Bridge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Situated at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point is a MUST See. Beyond some amazing views of the bridge and the bay, it is a historical gem worth exploring if you'd like to know a little more about the history and historical role of San Francisco Bay.

Visited June 2012
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“Great place to take photos”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Great place to take photos! We were there for 10-15 mins only. This place is easily missed for people coming to recreation area. Travellers should make note of the road signs to get to this point.

Visited April 2013
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Elkhorn, Nebraska
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“Historic!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

If you go to the Golden Gate bridge, take time to stop here!! This is a Civil War-era fort right at the base of the bridge. Open for you to walk around and explore; you can go on every level including the top, which has incredible views of the bottom of the GG bridge, Pacific Ocean, and San Francisco coastline. The fort contains cannons, cannonballs, and other Civil War relics.
This is a very uniquely-constructed fort made entirely of bricks, one of the only forts of its kind.
Almost 150 years old, it is still solid!!

Visited April 2013
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“Historic Fort with Character”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Fort Point, a great side destination just a couple miles from Fort Mason. If you visit San Francisco on a Sunday, go to Fort Mason first and grab some vegetables or other food and enjoy a great little breakfast. You can then make your way over to Fort Point. A really easy drive and located under the Golden Gate Bridge. The only downside to the location, WIND, make sure you dress appropriately for this type of weather. It can be cold and you can lose your hat.
This fort dates back to the late 1800's, the last fort built of it's kind. You can walk up four stories to the top and see the underbelly of the Golden Gate, or take your sweet time and explore the nooks and crannies of the the lower levels. Beautiful architectural elements, ports that look out to the ocean, and hallways that go on forever are all a hallmark of this historic site.

Visited April 2013
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