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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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$10.00*
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Fort Ross State Historic Park Walking Tour
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$155.00*
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Guided Kayak Tour: Russian River or Jenner Coast

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Fort Ross

Fascinating history of Russians and Alaskans building a settlement north of Jenner in the early 1800s and establishing a good relationship with the native Pomo tribe and others... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Palo Alto, California
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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating history of Russians and Alaskans building a settlement north of Jenner in the early 1800s and establishing a good relationship with the native Pomo tribe and others. Hike down to the cove where ships used to be built but now sea lions frolic, then take the path to the Russian cemetery. A pleasant and interesting two hour hike.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were taking a drive down the coast when we saw Fort Ross was only 12 mi away. I looked over at him and said "Wow I have never been there." He said "Me either, I have always wanted to go." It turns out I had too, so we decided to check it out. It is truly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tells the story of the Russian presence in northern california. Moderate walk from the visitor center to the fort. Beautiful coastal view. Have $8 exact change as the entry booth was unmanned. Self serve envelopes have to be filled out before entry.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fort Ross is a nice place to walk around and absorb history. The Saturday we visited, there was a Living History talk on guns and ammunition and on the goods in the store and furs that were hunted. A highlight was getting to pet the different furs; I don't think I had ever touched an otter fur before! The ocean... More 

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Costa Mesa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After driving up the coast and looking for a decent spot to take a break, we found this. It has a cool windmill and a gift shop inside this historic facility. You can see it all in half an hour. Nice break.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Exquisitely replicated historic fort by the sea beckons young and old to explore. You might recall that the Russians used to own Alaska. But you might not know that they also had an outpost here on the Northern California coast where they hunted for seal skins. Now you not only get to see the re-created log buildings you get to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The trip to Fort Ross was an unexpected highlight! It was virtually empty and the kids loved it. A little bit of history and a lot of nature. The beach was wonderful to explore and a harbor seal greeted us on the beach. Totally worth the effort!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I loved this place. A nice little museum with some back history of the Russian settlement and fort. Worth a brief stop in.The remaining buildings from the period have been maintained very well and well worth checking out. As an advid ametuer historian, I had a lovely time. Still a fun place to visit even without an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

We arrived as this much anticipated venue much later than we had expected so found our visit cut short, but what we did see of the Fort and what we managed to digest in the Information centre was more than enough for us to warrant a return visit and spend more time here. Getting to it was interesting on the... More 

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South Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

If you are driving through Jenner, Fort Ross is a worthwhile stop. The history, told in a well done interpretive exhibit at the visitor center, is interesting and news to most Californians. But more than that, the stunning coastal location combined with the recreation of the fort was relaxing and enjoyable, a perfect way to stretch your legs and a... More 

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