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Fort Ross State Historic Park

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Address: 19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450
Phone Number: +1 707-847-3437
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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As of November 3rd, we are open only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and...

As of November 3rd, we are open only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays (closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) through March 15th. In addition we are open on state holidays: January 1 & 19, February 16, March 31, May 25, July 4th, September 7, November 11, Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day. Open December 22nd, 23rd, 24th and from December 26th to January 2nd. Because of Sacramento budget cuts, our days of operations vary with the season. Originally built by Russians in 1812, Fort Ross became a state park in 1909. Today the 3,400 acre park offers pristine natural landscapes as well as historic structures and exhibits that bring to life the former Imperial Russian settlement, early California Ranch era, and the Kashia territory. Our visitor center showcases a museum, bookshop, and an 18-minute video introducing the park's history. Some points of interest: Russian Orthodox chapel, replica Russian-style windmill, historic buildings and exhibits, cannons, historic cemetery and orchard, and a San Andreas Fault marker. You can also enjoy Sandy Cove Beach and numerous trails. Activities include hiking, swimming, marine mammal watching, and more.

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Fort Ross State Historic Park Walking Tour
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$155*
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Guided Kayak Tour: Russian River or Jenner Coast

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The whole historic Russian settlement was great to see and the hike down to the ocean is well worth the 15 minute walk. Disabled people can park near the fort.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Rochester, Minnesota
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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The whole historic Russian settlement was great to see and the hike down to the ocean is well worth the 15 minute walk. Disabled people can park near the fort.

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Lake Forest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife wanted to stop at this Fort as it has a lot of history. When you pull up to the parking lot it doesn't look like much, but then when you walk thru the museum and out the back you start to see the Fort. Take the time to walk thru the old buildings and then onto the point... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

In 1812, Russians established this fort as a southern outpost on the Californian coast. It operated for several decades and has now been lovingly and thighs fully restored by the California State Park system. The wooden complex includes a windmill, fort and blockhouses, residences, storehouses and a church. It is situated on some nice coast line with opportunities to view... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Have you ever imagined that Russian's have settled in North America?!! That's what you will evidence at fort ross.. Cannons, wells, and rooms with displays of what the fort used to have at that time. Outside the fort, you will see a stunning view of the pacific. Imagine yourself at an altitude above sea level with nothing obstructing the view.... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our guide, Hank, was very knowledgeable and made the history come alive. Had no idea the Russian and Alaskan influence and their contributions to this part of California. They also have school classes there for an overnight and play all the different parts that made this a vital settlement. Very informative and the hour tour flew by. Well worth the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The volunteers here told us they don't get a lot of visitors - this is a damn shame! This place is a fantastic visit. A Russian outpost in the early 1800s to supply their Alaskan territories, it is located on an absolutely gorgeous stretch of beach, some of the most beautiful in NoCal. The drive here, along the windy Hgwy... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a somewhat long drive up the coast... Visiting the fort was a good family outing... Well worth the drive... History frozen in time... Great place to take pictures, picnic or just relax in the outdoors....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a group of 21 Coastwalkers hiking down the Sonoma Coast for 5 days. Hank led the group on a 5 mile hike including the historic orchard and set up a telescope to see the seals. After the hike he gave us a wonderful tour of the Fort. A great experience.

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Vacaville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been to visit Fort Ross twice now, we went once as a couple, then took the kids when we went back a few months later. This place is very interesting, rich in history and right on the ocean. We brought a picnic lunch from a deli and the kids really enjoyed both the tour of the fort and... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fort Ross is a Russian Settlement preserve north of Bodega Bay on the California Coastline. It is part of California's earliest history, as Russian traders settled here long before the was gold discovered in Coloma, some 50 years later! This settlement shows how rustic their lives were in the latter part of the 16th and early 17th Centuries. Getting here... More 

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