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Fort Ross State Historic Park

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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450
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Reviewed yesterday

I took some beautiful photos here of wildflowers and the fort in the fog. Walked down to the cove to see harbor seals hanging out on the rocks and picked up some beautiful shells. I never realized Russia had a claim to California soil until...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank John B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't! Really cool piece of history and well worth the visit if you are anywhere near here. The craftsmanship on the buildings is unreal. Great setting and a fun place to explore and become conversant on Russian exploration in the US.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank BillyBob66
Reviewed March 22, 2019

Fort Ross was built and operated by Russia during the period 1812 to 1841, to support their Alaskan colonies with food and furs. It is a very nice historical facility, with an excellent visitors center, with fine displays and a wonderful, free 15-minute video. Beautiful...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 795larryl
Reviewed March 16, 2019

We did a flying visit through this park, and I regret we did not tour the fort. We were mostly in the main building doing a lot of reading in the exhibits and then let the girls explore the small beach below the fort. I...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank AlexBOtaku
Reviewed March 16, 2019 via mobile

The views along the 12 miles from Jenner to Fort Ross are truly spectacular as Hwy 1 twists and turns a few hundred feet above the ocean. The location and scenery of Fort Ross is inspiring. It’s history and Russian architecture are fascinating. This is...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 777willh
Reviewed February 25, 2019

The visitor center is well appointed and very informative. Enjoyed the docent presentation in the fort.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mary B
Reviewed February 4, 2019

This was a great place to bring the students for 2 days of hands-on experiencing to work and organization of this old Russian Fort. The kids were divided into groups of workers, ie., fishing, hunting, cooking, militia, etc. It was a great history lesson of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sqeeky17
Reviewed January 14, 2019

Nice visitors center too! Short walk to the Fort itself, but if you are mobility impaired it can be a bit of a hike in a walker.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Helenashack
Reviewed January 8, 2019

This is a very worthwhile experience. I knew nothing about the history of the Russians in California and this recreation of their settlement is well preserved and most informative. On the occasion we were there a group of schoolchildren were just settling in for a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RFW1943
Reviewed December 11, 2018

I really enjoy this old fort and and the history is so interesting . The Only place in the North America where the local indigenous tribes had a written contract with Europeans. The Russian settlement here made and applied many advanced technologies of the time...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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December 12, 2015|
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Response from FortRoss_1812 | Property representative |
Dogs are allowed only in the main parking lot and on the short service road that travels between the parking lot and the fort compound. Dogs are not allowed at the beach nor inside the fort compound.
December 30, 2014|
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Response from FortRoss_1812 | Property representative |
Yes. Fort Ross now has ADA trails from the visitor center to the fort compound. We also have one beach wheelchair that we can loan to visitors for the day. There are ADA accessible picnic areas and the compound itself now... More
December 30, 2014|
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Response from Dennis S | Reviewed this property |
It's limited, but will improve in the future.