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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 2 days 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
1  Thank permia
Reviewed 5 days ago 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
Thank Jean S
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
Thank mdgwind
Reviewed 28 October 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
Thank 192vasilist
Reviewed 19 October 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 19 October 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
Thank pixiedreamer
Reviewed 14 October 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
Thank Katie O
Reviewed 9 October 2018

If you enjoy history, you’ll love this historic civil war fort; the fort itself is amazing and the views from the top are incredible!

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank 1581danny
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Would definitely recommend to visit while in San Francisco, we had a nice time here and great views at night of the bridge and San Francisco.

Date of experience: November 2017
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18 August 2018|
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Response from Jennifer H | 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.
14 July 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
16 August 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.