Fort Point National Historic Site

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Fort Point National Historic Site

Fort Point National Historic Site
4.5
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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 mason from the Civil War period.
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Arun K
Nagpur District, India2,895 contributions
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Fort Point, a national historic site stands beneath the southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The fort has been preserved for its unique mason work & outstanding military architecture.
Of course it has no military value now , it is worth watching & a fine example of mason art.
The fort ( will 4 floors ) tells the story of its years spent guarding the Golden Gate.
You will have excellent views of Golden Gate & surroundings

Entry is free for all .
Written July 18, 2022
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WillieMacfan
Healdsburg, CA638 contributions
A visit offers a most unusual view of the Golden Gate Bridge. From the site, you can also look back a get a wonderful view of the city skyline and bay.

Fort Point itself has limited open hours so check ahead. The Fort itself was built to defend the entrance to San Francisco Bay and goes back to Civil War period. It is an old brick and masonry building with multiple levels.

It sits just below the Golden Gate Bridge adjacent to the Bay and is reached by a narrow road from the Presidio. You either will luck into finding the road or need a good map. There is parking but realize much of the parking is on the seawall near crashing waves. Depending on the weather and size of waves your vehicle may get splashed (watch out convertibles!) Be patient while waiting for parking.
Written January 3, 2020
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Lisa G
Aurora, IN531 contributions
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This little park offers great views of the bay, the city and the bridge. The Fort itself is very interesting historically. Give your little time to walk around. Parking is limited. This is also a pivotal location in Hitchcock's classic movie Vertigo.
Written June 27, 2021
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Denise K
Woodridge, Illinois, United States459 contributions
There is an awesome view of the Bridge from here. Inside the Fort, there are cannons on display. There is a gift shop too. You are supposed to be able to get on roof for more views but it is closed due to construction. It is only opened on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We bought our hiking stick medallions from here and collected 2 passport stamps. In addition, the parking lot is less likely to have car break ins (and it is free!). I saw NPS service truck driving back and forth. In addition, if you take the quick walk to the Crissy Field warming hut, there is a pier for more cool Bridge shots. Also, there is also a path across from the warming hut that takes you all the way up to the Golden Gate so you can walk across it.
Written February 5, 2020
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J David H
Virginia Beach, VA1,627 contributions
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Within the Presidio compound is Fort Point. Tours on a self guided basis are available.

Fort Point is military out post during the Civil War. It's design is Spanish Colonial. Headphones are provided for tours at a minimal cost in the visitors area.

Definite check it out while visiting the Golden Gate and Presidio park grounds.
Written June 7, 2020
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Bob Y
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Definitely a "cool place " to go. As living in the central valley, we decided to leave the heat for cooler temps of the bay. A great vantage point to see the bridge. Weekdays are great for Covid "Social Distancing" as it wasn't crowed and plenty of parking. This was a first stop of three to get different views of the bridge.
Written September 5, 2020
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clarkey61
Rochester, NY94 contributions
We have visited SF many times, but on this trip we walked along the water to Fort Point. This is an old fort and is really interesting. We climbed the circular stairs inside the fort to stand under the Golden Gate Bridge. The views under the bridge were fantastic. Don't miss this!
Written August 2, 2022
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Casey M
Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada13 contributions
We got to San Fran late afternoon and I'm so glad we made it to this point before the sunset. It wasn't too crowded and it was a amazing site to see at that time of day. I can see us returning to this point on our next trip.
Written March 6, 2020
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HurricaneFinley
Houston, TX387 contributions
There is nothing like walking into the fort and hearing the thumping of traffic above your head. It is like the heartbeat of the Golden Gate Bridge. And, if it's a little foggy, the bridge seems to disappear at the other end as if people were driving into magic. Great views from this fort. Also, the fort is amazing--old, historical, and very sound. Check out the brickwork, peruse the exhibits, touch history.
Written October 12, 2021
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Jydeoo
Lagos, Nigeria2,250 contributions
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This was a nice extra to my visit to the Golden Gate bridge. It lies between the GGB welcome pavilion and the Bridge itself. I recommend a stop here, no matter how brief, if you are visiting the Golden Gate bridge.
Written July 31, 2022
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