Fort Point National Historic Site

Fort Point National Historic Site

Fort Point National Historic Site
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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  • TravelerCentralFLA
    Clermont, Florida1,379 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views of the Bridge and the Bay
    My sons and I hiked down to Fort Point on our recent visit to San Francisco. The hike is not very long from the parking lot up the hill. We did not tour the fort, but we did enjoy the views from the outside as well as the views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, and Alcatraz. It was a cool day, but we enjoyed watching people sailboarding near the point. We got some good pictures. I recommend a visit to Fort Point.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 2, 2023
  • Michael K
    998 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great photo spot for Golden Gate Bridge
    This is a great location for a close-up look of the Golden Gate Bridge. From here one can also get a good view of the Alcatraz Island and downtown San Francisco. Parking is available but it can fill up pretty quickly on a busy day.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 27, 2023
  • CPaM68
    Texas669 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique history
    On our trip, we entered San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge and the first site we stopped at was Fort Point. Various forts have been constructed on this point to protect San Francisco Bay since 1784 when the Spanish constructed Castillo de San Joaquin near this site. The current version of the fort was constructed from 1854-1861 and then modified in 1892. Forts like this are interesting to visit, since there are not many similar historical-type forts in the US. It also provides a great view from underneath the Golden Gate Bridge as it stretches out across the San Francisco Bay. The fort offers guided tours and has a small theater with a short, informative film.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 19, 2024
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CPaM68
Texas669 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
On our trip, we entered San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge and the first site we stopped at was Fort Point. Various forts have been constructed on this point to protect San Francisco Bay since 1784 when the Spanish constructed Castillo de San Joaquin near this site. The current version of the fort was constructed from 1854-1861 and then modified in 1892. Forts like this are interesting to visit, since there are not many similar historical-type forts in the US. It also provides a great view from underneath the Golden Gate Bridge as it stretches out across the San Francisco Bay. The fort offers guided tours and has a small theater with a short, informative film.
Written March 19, 2024
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Keion G
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful the scenery a lot of people or tourists very amazing to witness and see the structure it in the area go check it out
Written March 16, 2024
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San Francisco, California5,839 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Everybody knows about the history, views of Golden Gate Bridge etc, but what is less known is that it is also a surf spot. Very rocky with no beach and strong tidal currents going in and out of the entrance to the bay, its not for beginners. But on a winter swell with low tide, it is a rarity on the California coast, a left hand point break.
Written March 9, 2024
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Previa1994
Chicago, IL6,393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Fort Point is an awesome location which combines history and scenic beauty.  This is one of the best spots for the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge.  One is almost directly under the bridge at water level.  In addition, the historic fort is worth visiting for understanding the history of the Bay.  One can walk through the fort and see the historical displays.  Twice a year there are historical enactments; which I think is the best occasion to visit the fort.  Fort Point is a must-visit for history enthusiasts.  Ample free parking is available.  Admission is free, but check the website for times when they are open.
Written February 9, 2024
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Lori W
Lakeside, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We walked down from the parking lot above and found THEY HAVE FREE PARKING down below right next to the fort. But I recommend the walk for fun because huge waves were coming up onto the road and it will be an amazing memory for our kids. We almost got by without a wave hitting us and then at the last section the ocean won the contest and we all got soaked. Luckily it was a sunny day and we had access to a dryer when we got back. Haha it was great. However- the fort was closed and so we came back later that week and went inside (this time parking down below, but still enjoying the crazy waves) we went inside and saw the catacomb-like fort and all the crazy big cannons and cannon balls. Wow! Luckily that fort never saw battle, probably because it was such a great fort. I really like the history aspect when we go on vacation so I thought it was really cool. The kids were like “meh” but didn’t complain. You can go all the way to the top but it was raining so we checked it out from below. We got really cool pics of us inside the fort with the Golden Gate Bridge stretching out above us. I would recommend seeing it if you have time.
Written December 31, 2023
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Michael K
998 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This is a great location for a close-up look of the Golden Gate Bridge. From here one can also get a good view of the Alcatraz Island and downtown San Francisco. Parking is available but it can fill up pretty quickly on a busy day.
Written November 27, 2023
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BBB-MLJ
London, UK356 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Well worth the visit. The view from the top is great. The history of the building is fascinating.
It was free on the day were there, as was the parking.
Recommend. W
(Tip - the toilets outside are horrendous)
Written October 21, 2023
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Snakewrangler
Brentwood, CA543 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We had no idea this was here until I stumbled upon it on the internet. Awesome place!! Even my teen kids liked it.
Written August 7, 2023
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Susie J
Cheshire189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
A great start to explore before you go over the bridge. See how the bridge was built and see it from underneath an added bonus is that it is free to enter well worth a visit.
Written June 25, 2023
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TravelerCentralFLA
Clermont, FL1,379 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
My sons and I hiked down to Fort Point on our recent visit to San Francisco. The hike is not very long from the parking lot up the hill. We did not tour the fort, but we did enjoy the views from the outside as well as the views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, and Alcatraz. It was a cool day, but we enjoyed watching people sailboarding near the point. We got some good pictures. I recommend a visit to Fort Point.
Written June 2, 2023
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