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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 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... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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 2 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Take a step back in time and do not miss this historical gem! We drove north on Hwy 1 from Point Reyes area and if you are scared of heights, this drive may not be for you, although the scenery is stunning. My entire family was pleasantly surprised by how educational the visitors center is here and how well maintained... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The history of Fort Ross may be more interesting than the replica that now stands in the Park. Worthwhile for the history lesson, but walking through a replica of the past didn't do much for me. There are a number of interesting artifacts on display and most buildings are open to walk through - some fun stuff for kids to... More 

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Gilroy, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This vital piece of California history has been preserved and restored at the fort, there are some sites around it where settlers had lived

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Greetings! My son and I traveled up the last part of the old Russian Empire at Fort Ross to see and enjoy the festival celebrating over 200 years of Russian American culture in the USA. We volunteered for this event to help keep the story alive for others. The Fort had many great volunteers come and do many things to... More 

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Stockton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a mostly reconstructed wooden fort replete with cannons right on the ocean, with an original house about 200 years old, when the Russians were fur trading here via Alaska, via Siberia, via St Petersburg. It's unbelievable how far they came and how far the Spanish came the other direction around the earth and ended up a few miles... More 

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Uckfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful setting and lovingly rebuilt/restored. Very few visitors & excellent and informative visitors centre.

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