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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
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

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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driving along pacific Highway 1 from Portland to San Francisco we stopped off at Fort Ross and were pleasantly surprised at this "off the beaten track" museum. It hosts the... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

driving along pacific Highway 1 from Portland to San Francisco we stopped off at Fort Ross and were pleasantly surprised at this "off the beaten track" museum. It hosts the Sloboda Russian village. There is a lot of information about this era in American history which is often overlooked, and an exellent video. Once one steps into the pallisaded fort... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Can not beat the history lesson here. wonderful place to take the kids and teach them real American history

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Sonoma, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

Fort Ross is such a beautiful place. I am only an hour and a half away from this gem. Yesterday, I realized how much more time I need to spend out here. The weather was awesome. I walked down to the cove then followed the sign to the cemetery and just took in the absolute beauty of the Sonoma Coast.... More 

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

This was my third visit over the years and always so interesting and well-kept. I appreciate keeping this available for all to see. It's like stepping back in time and imagining......

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Excellent ride to the Fort. Bring a lunch. Clean rest rooms and a short walk to the Fort. Easy walk to the ocean. Just big enough and well set up. Go and enjoy.

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Lakewood, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

It's out of the way. The drive is awesome but the reason to go there is to see and respect those who came before us. The Ft. Ross story is told for those who don't know it. Think of it a triangle between Hawaii, Alaska and NorCal. Controlled the sea trade in pelts. Instituted the first limits on hunting. First... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

We were staying nearby so we decided to visit Fort Ross having no idea what to expect. What a fascinating place! A rich history of many people, an interesting movie screened in a loop and then a walk to the compound of reconstructed buildings. Then walk down further to see the wonderful, breathtaking view. Simply gorgeous!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

We spent the day driving up the coast to see the sites and Fort Ross was one of our stops. If you are into history the fort is a great place to stop, they have dressed interpreters at times that make learning the Russian history even more interesting. You can also follow the park path down to the beach and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

So, we paid $8 USD to park our car and enter the grounds. The park ranger notified us that the park is almost pet friendly as there were specific places that dogs are allowed. The Fort Ross Historic Park gives you access to the beach, so if you so much fancy, plan for a day at the beach as well.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

Interesting history about this Russian fort, expect to spend at least an hour checking everything out. A little bit of walking from parking lot to Fort, but pretty level and concrete paths the whole way. Visitors center has really interesting displays and nice little film about the Fort and surrounding area. Worth a stop for sure. Beach access a bit... More 

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