Fort Point National Historic Site
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- 98%History Buffs
- 86%Family Travelers
- 68%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 68%Local Culture
- 55%Budget Travelers
- 55%Adventure Travelers
- 51%Business Travelers
Member Reviews (26)
- Fort Point National Historic SiteMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesWellness+ 2Nov 18, 2013
Fort Point is a civil war structure originally meant to protect San Francisco from war ships. There is a lot of history here and it is also a great place to go for a walk and observe the Golden Gate from below. I have gone to surf the legendary point break that occurs here during big swells. Its a really fun "left" and there is no place in the world like it (where you can surf under an iconic structure like the Golden Gate Bridge). Check it out for the history or as an outdoor adventurer.
- Fort Point National Historic SiteMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Sep 13, 2013
Some of the best photo opportunities of the Golden Gate Bridge are actually from under the bridge itself. And it's from here where you will find some fantastic angles.
The Fort is actually dated from the Civil War, and is often overlooked by even the locals. This is a great spot to bring your kids and spend an afternoon.
- Fort Point National Historic SiteSep 13, 2013
This is a wonderful, FREE, place to visit during your trip to San Francisco. Bring a jacket, cause it gets quite cold under the Golden Gate Bridge. There is so much to explore here, kids will have a blast too! It's like stepping back into another time.
- Fort Point National Historic SiteMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Sep 04, 2013
One of the most historical landmarks of SF, Fort Point is a must visit for both tourists and locals alike. I remember taking field trips here as a child. and was always fascinated by its history. Head here for some of the most incredible and picturesque views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Fort Point National Historic SiteCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 09, 2013
Fort Point was a regular place of visitation for me as a child. Located directly below the Golden Gate Bridge, it offers some of the most poignant views of the Bay. And while I use the word “poignant” way too much in my everyday life, I admit that for once I’m using it accurately, because when you’re standing on the roof of this historic fort, next to where old canons once stood, the view of the underside of arguably the world’s most beautiful bridge is entirely “poignant.”
Within Fort Point, you’ll see what life was like for the soldiers in the 1700-1800s, defending the bay from naval assault. It’s a tribute to San Francisco’s pre-Civil War military history, and you get to see it free of charge (though it’s only open three days a week, so take notice of hours). Dress warm, however, as visiting the past here can be a bit chilly.
For a long period of my life, I referred to the fort as the “old jail,” probably because you get to see those too. And those, I have to add, are also very poignant.
- Fort Point National Historic SiteMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Feb 10, 2013
A very nice place to enjoy the bay area and enjoy some history. This place is an amazing place to capture some good photography, especially of underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. It is situation close to Crissy Field for a good walk.
- Fort Point National Historic SiteMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 1Sep 14, 2012
Fort Point is an old coastal defense site that's now right under the Golden Gate Bridge. While it formerly protected the opening to the bay, it's now a tourist vantage point for the area. It can get chilly so bring a jacket.
- Fort Point National Historic SiteJul 05, 2012
Fort Point is a really cool place with a long and rich history. It's generally known for being a Civil War era fort designed to protect San Francisco in the event that the Confederates launched a seaside attack. The attack never happened so the fort pretty much looks exactly the same now as it did then, complete with heavy artillery spread throughout the complex.
When the Golden Gate was planned back in the 20s, there were fears that Fort Point would have to be destroyed, but they were able to construct the bridge directly above. That in itself is kind of a historic thing to experience, looking directly up and seeing the mighty bridge right above your head. There's a lot of relics left behind including guns, cannons, pictures, and other personal effects that are interesting to see. Plan to spend a couple hours here because you can pretty much go anywhere and check out all of the dorms, so there's plenty to see. Also be prepared for chilly weather. It can get COLD, even in the summer and especially on the roof.
If you're visiting San Francisco then this is definitely a place to check out. Also check out the gift shop as they've got a lot of cool stuff there as well.
- Fort Point National Historic SiteMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury Travelers+ 3Jul 05, 2012
San Francisco's first line of defense, the fort point is a worthy destination. If not for its rich history that dates back to the civil war era, definitely for its photographic opportunities on offer. The Golden Gate, the crashing waves, the fishermen, the kiteboarders, the skyline of SF, and of course the fort itself. Just be sure to wear a trusty windbreaker when visiting.