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Fort Point, San Francisco

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Lighthouse · Hidden Gem · Military Facility
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Visit Fort Point to discover a time capsule from both the West Coast's colonial past and the turmoil of the Civil War. Long a defender of the city from foreign attack, the earlier fortification was constructed by the Spanish in the 18th century, and then later rose to prominence as a safeguard against potential Confederate advances in the region. Walk around the site and admire the fortress' sturdy octagonal construction, which utilized masonry and thick walls to protect it against cannons and firearms. Follow the park's self-guided tour, or join one led by a park ranger, to learn more about the lives of the soldiers who once lived here, as well as the fort's role in military affairs and its eventual decline in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge. Make Fort Point part of your personalized San Francisco itinerary using our San Francisco trip planning website.
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  • Amazing views and history, literally right underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. There were interesting exhibits and park service guides in historical dress. Would highly recommend! 
    Amazing views and history, literally right underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. There were interesting exhibits and park service guides in historical dress. Would highly recommend!  more »
  • We have visited SF many times, but on this trip we walked along the water to Fort Point. This is an old fort and is really interesting. We climbed the circular stairs inside the fort to stand under....  more
    We have visited SF many times, but on this trip we walked along the water to Fort Point. This is an old fort and is really interesting. We climbed the circular stairs inside the fort to stand under....  more »
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  • This is a great place to see the Golden Gate Bridge! The view is great since you can see the bridge span the opening of the bay. Also the fort is fun to look around and the location makes sense as a point of defense. We went on a fairly windy and cool day so if that's the case when you're visiting, bring a coat or at least a wind breaker. Great national historic site and worth the visit.
  • We went on a Friday afternoon, the fort was open. There are breath taking views of the Golden Gate bridge. The fort itself is very well maintained and there are a lot of interesting displays to read. The only down side is that there is way too much emphasis on the Buffalo Soldiers in the fort. Good info on the lighthouse. The rangers were very friendly and helpful. There was no admission to enter the fort and parking was free. It was a little walk to the fort but not too bad. Note to all it's windy in the fort so dress for it. Even with the sun out it's cold as the wind comes off the Pacific Ocean. The best views were from the top of the fort so be sure to make your way up there. Overall a great place to spend an afternoon.

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