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Fort Point National Historic Site
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Marvel at the waves on the rocks, the Golden Gate Bridge overhead. This is a dramatic and interesting historical spot, as well as a fun place just to hang out. A must for tourists.

Thank Karen R
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

The cab driver told us he was never asked before to go to Fort Point, so he left us at the Golden Gate Visitor Center. We decided to walk down anyway. Long steep walk. A foggy and very cold windy day. The bridge almost missing, covered by fog, a few surfers screaming in the cold water, in the little pier some people were fishing for crabs.
We entered the Fort were the park ranger, a nice woman with a pale frozen face smiled welcoming us inside. The Fort is not only the location of one of Hitchcock's Vertigo memorable scenes. It is also a spartan military museum, hosting some installations by local artists celebrating the 75 years of the Golden Gate.
The exhibit consists in a few rooms with original furniture, some cramped and solitary bunk beds, chilling rooms with a few posessions. A big armory with guns, canon guns, and uniforms. A few videos playing in big screens.
You can climb the wet stairs to the roof, if you're brave enough to face the chilling wind to see the best view below the Golden Gate. Lots of photo opportunities.
The Fort is a lonely place, you could just imagine those soldiers in the cold winter, looking through little holes in the brick walls for an always missing enemy invader. Invaded by fog and freezing winds and the sound of waves, even before the buzzing traffic on the bridge supplied its own music. Great experience. Free admittance, only donations requested.

2  Thank R_Garcia_Mainou
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

If you're visiting the Golden Gate Bridge, then Fort Point is a great way to see it from a totally different perspective. As a Civil War fort, it's also great for history fans. Being free to enter is another plus.

We were carrying an infant, and it took us about 20 minutes to hike down from the visitor center. The trail down is a little out of the way, so go with others or be alert traveling alone. Alternatively, you can drive down.

We got there about 45 minutes before closing, so we were a little rushed. However, the low numbers of people added to the atmosphere of wandering around an old fort. There are plenty of dark passages and rooms to explore. Being right on the water, it's very cool and windy. In the fort there's a constant drone of wind and waves, which adds to the atmosphere. Be careful on the top level where it's very windy, cold, and wet. However, the views of the bridge and bay are fantastic.

There are some placards explaining the history, but I felt the execution was inconsistent. Some displays were very good, but others were a little sparse. Overall, it's is definitely worth a visit, especially for the view and atmosphere.

2  Thank AdventureFamily42
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

We stopped here after a long walk along Crissy Field from the Palace of Fine Arts (a cool walk if you don't mind the distance!). The fog was totally socked in, and we couldn't see the bridge at all, but I almost didn't mind because this place was so cool. They had a couple historical videos about the Golden Gate bridge. There were staff on site who were really nice and answered questions, and several historical exhibits that were fun to browse. The fort was very photogenic and fun to walk around - kind of eerie, misty and empty, but very cool.

There are bathrooms and a cafe along the walk from Crissy Field, so there are good places to stop along the way. If the fog wasn't present, this would also be the ideal spot for viewing the bridge.

Thank shauna p
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Reviewed September 4, 2012 via mobile

Avoid the tourists and view the majestic Golden Gate from a different perspective....underneath! Mystical experience with swirling fog and the eerie sound of the Foghorn. Saw the International Orange show in honor of the 75th anniversary of the bridge. Great!..and loved that the fort was left largely as is.

Thank Andieji
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