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Fort Point, San Francisco

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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  • The historic remains of the Golden Gate Bridge. People who are interested in history may want to stop by.
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  • This is a really cool area with great views from underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, walk up to the 4th floor!  more »
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  • Fantastic views of the Golden gate bridge, Alcatraz, and the city skyline. Not only are the views of the aforementioned sites nice but there are surfers there that are fun to watch also. Free parking is always a plus in the city and also if you go on the weekends, it's free to enter the fort itself. The fort has a lot of history behind it and it is set up very well. The park rangers that are there are also very knowledgeable and super friendly.
  • Great place to take tourists. Provides a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay from a completely different angle. Fort Point is free to enter and has great exhibits. Take your time going through all the floors, and definitely visit the rooftop for a better view of the Bay. Bring a jacket! Wind-chill can ruin your day!
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