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Fort Point National Historic Site

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From its vantage point overlooking the spectacular Golden Gate, Fort Point protected San Francisco harbor from Confederate and foreign attack during and after the U.S. Civil War. Its beautifully arched casemates display the art of the master brick...more
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Long Ave & Marine Dr, Building 999, San Francisco, CA 94129
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The museum and Fort are really interesting to history buffs put a lot of perspective on the significance of the Bay throughout the course of history. We also got some of the most cherished photos from our trip to San Francisco at this site. The...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Parking lots are closed and so is this facility. We had to search for parking since the parking lot was closed off. So we found parking, had a nice walk until we got to the gate where we finally saw a few signs saying "Because...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a scenic walk along the promenade, approaching the fort and the great bridge. Constructed in the 1850s to safeguard the city, the city is fortunate that said fort still stands. It was slated for demolition to allow for the bridge. But chief engineer...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

This place is a must visit and it's %100 free to do so. The fort is filled with history and the view from the fort of the golden gate is amazing.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 6, 2018 via mobile

Prepare a windcheater jacket and get ready for the wind. Make sure you climb up to the rooftop (highest floor) to see Golden Gate Bridge.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank zoepham63
Reviewed November 18, 2018

Built during Goldrush to protect SF Bay from attack has great history. Never used for war, but has been prison and storage facility. Take guided tour, especially if they offer night tours!

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

When visiting Fort Point I felt like I went back in time. It was a foggy morning and I could barely see the Golden Gate Bridge right above me. It was very strange and eerie. I could feel there was a lot of history in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2018

This is a great place to view the bridge from below. If you plan on coming here try to do it on a weekday as it will be less crowded and parking is free. Otherwise it will be tough to find a parking spot and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

I’ve lived in the bay all my life & had always wanted to see this part of SF since I had seen it in movies. My friend from LA had always wanted to find this place as well. We finally did! It may have been...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

This Civil War fort features original architecture and historic exhibits. Operated by the National Park Service, entrance is free but donations are gladly accepted. From the interior, spectacular views of the bridge can be found by peering through the openings in the thick stone walls...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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August 17, 2018|
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Response from A3744IFjenniferh | Reviewed this property |
About an hour. The weather will determine your length of stay. If there is a cold, biting wind you will want to wrap it up as the Fort is in the windiest spot.
July 13, 2016|
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Response from Erik L |
I did. Be aware, of course, that you have to climb from sea level up to bridge deck level. It is all on good paved trails, however, and needless to say, remarkably scenic. So if you are in decent physical shape, no... More
August 15, 2015|
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Response from ralphdougfolk |
We parked at the Presidio and walked the 1 1/4 miles to the fort, parking was $8 anywhere there , reasonable for SF. I'm 67 and I had no problems, gental walk.
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Walking from Legion of Honor to Fort Point (9 Replies)
I'm visiting San Francisco during the Labor Day week with no car. I am wondering if it is possible and safe to walk from Legion of Honor Museum to Fort Point National Historic Site via Lincoln Boulevard. According to Google Maps, the walk is a little over an hour, which is not a problem for me. However, near the Fort Point, the streets almost look like hiking trails that wind around and around. Has anyone walked this path before? Is it a good idea to walk there? Should I take public transport...More
August 06, 2017|
Response fromchinita415|
Yes feasible to walk but stay off Lincoln Blvd. Take the Land's End/Coastal Trail instead. Will take a couple of hours but great views.