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Fort Point National Historic Site

Long Avenue and Marine Drive, San Francisco, CA 94129
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  • Fort Point National Historic Site
    Marisa Heller
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    5 Jul 30, 2014

    This is amazing I've ran by here many times but never knew you could go inside. Right next to hoppers hands.

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  • Fort Point National Historic Site
    Yenni Vance
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    5 Jul 15, 2014

    The Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937 connecting San Francisco to Marin County and other communities north of the city. Bike or walk the 1.7 mile span for spectacular panoramic views of the city, Alcatraz and the Pacific Ocean. There are vista points on both ends of the bridge to enjoy the surrounding scenery and watch ships headed out to sea.
    Fort Point, built for the Civil War, is a very interesting site to visit at the south anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is open Friday through Sunday and admission is free.
    Catherine Sweeney a fellow travel bloger has a great history guide on her blog: Traveling with Sweeney.

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  • Fort Point National Historic SitePro 2014
    Alea G.
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    5 Mar 24, 2014

    I've been a Bay Area person for most of my life. However, I've spent my entire life until somewhat recently thinking you get the best view from across the bridge. Apparently I was wrong. Fort Point is so cool! Didn't hurt that I was there on an unnaturally gorgeous summer day. Oh yeah, it's also got cool history behind it so bonus points for history nerds.

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  • Fort Point National Historic Site
    Janson Wigo
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    5 Nov 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.

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  • Fort Point National Historic Site
    Rene
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    5 Sep 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.

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  • Fort Point National Historic Site
    Todd Waldorf
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    5 Sep 13, 2013

    This place was great. The kids loved it. The view from below the Golden Gate Bridge was awesome. And it's free (or a small donation).

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  • Fort Point National Historic Site
    Chandra Murphy
    5 Sep 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.

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  • Fort Point National Historic Site
    Connie Pistilli
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    5 Sep 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.

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  • Fort Point National Historic SiteCommunity ManagerAmbassadorPro 2014
    Keane
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    5 Aug 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.

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  • Fort Point National Historic SitePro 2014
    Erick Redcloud
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    3 Feb 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.

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  • Fort Point National Historic SitePro 2014
    Joseph Coureur
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    5 Sep 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.

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  • Fort Point National Historic Site
    Greg Baldwin
    5 Jul 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.

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  • Fort Point National Historic SitePro 2014
    Mel S Wong
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    5 Jul 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.

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  • Fort Point National Historic Site
    Scott Daly
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    I used to always come here growing up on field trips with school but these days I have found it to be a very great place for a nice relaxing day in the city. The view is breathtaking here as you can see across the bay and get a fantastic view of the Golden Gate Bridge from here so be sure to bring the camera and your picnic basket for a great day.

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  • Fort Point National Historic SitePro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Fort Point is located at the southern side of the Golden Gate. This fort was completed just before the American Civil War, to defend San Francisco Bay against hostile warships. The fort is now protected as Fort Point National Historic Site and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

    Plans for the Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s called for the fort's removal, but Chief Engineer Joseph Strauss redesigned the bridge to save the fort. "While the old fort has no military value now," Strauss said, "it remains nevertheless a fine example of the mason's art.... It should be preserved and restored as a national monument."

    I've walked in directly from the Crissy Field side, but the route I enjoy most is the steep walk down from the Golden Gate Bridge plaza. I love the history and its stark remains, I love the views, I love the unique Bridge angles, I love the Vertigo experience, and I love the cold, windy, and sometimes foggy weather.

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  • Fort Point National Historic Site
    Lorrie M
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    I don't know what else to say except the view here is understatedly indescribable and breathtaking at the very least and grandeur and amazing as well. The ocean here is relatively calm and you get a great view of the Golden Gate bridge as well as a cool little detour at the museum that you can view some history at further down towards the underside of the bridge. This place is difficult to find but well worthy the drive and Presidio in general is pleasant and very different place from the rest of San Francisco. Definitely a must visit when you come to SF!

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  • Fort Point National Historic SitePro 2014
    Alex
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    A Civil War site in San Francisco? Yep. Fort Point was built in the 1860s to protect against a potentially ambitious Confederate navy or any foreign invaders. While the fort hasn't ever seen any military action, it's now a fascinating place to visit. Usually only on weekends (Fri-Sun), the fort has an absolutely stunning view. Climb to the top to stand just under the Golden Gate Bridge (bring a windbreaker and hold down any small children; the gusts can be pretty overwhelming). With the Presidio and Crissy Field, Fort Point is a perfect half-day outing if you want to see the bay and bridge but get away from the tourist masses.

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  • Fort Point National Historic Site
    anna pickard
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Dizzying view with the Marin headlands in the background, if you're cloudlucky. Also a nice pic you can get in the middle of a run, if you're that way inclined.

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  • Fort Point National Historic Site
    James H
    5 May 27, 2013

    Great old fort. Great views.

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    Mariana Menezes
    4 Aug 07, 2012

    Great place for pics! Amazing view!

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Overlooking the historic Golden Gate Bridge is the equally memorable Fort Point National Historic Site, an amazing testament to the bravery of the soldiers that held ground against the Confederates and other foreign attacks during and after the Civil War. Today, its arched casemates remain on display, showcasing the master mason brick work from that period. he Fort is a San Francisco pit stop for visitors looking to explore the history and culture of the region. There are interactive events for the kids that involve not just the Civil War, but the Golden Gate National Parks' involvement in wildlife protection and restoring the ecosystem.

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