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San Juan National Historic Site

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Address: Norzagaray St | Old San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
Phone Number:
787-729-6777
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Constructed to defend the San Juan coastline during the 17th and 18th...

Constructed to defend the San Juan coastline during the 17th and 18th centuries, this dramatic fortress rises 140 feet above the sea on a rocky promontory, and is composed of six huge levels of ramps, barracks, dungeons, turrets, towers and tunnels.

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Walking Tour of Old San Juan

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Our family really enjoyed the site. We learned about the long history of the island. We knew about Titus he invasions but we were surprised to learn about the (attempted) Dutch... read more

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our family really enjoyed the site. We learned about the long history of the island. We knew about Titus he invasions but we were surprised to learn about the (attempted) Dutch invasion in 1625. There were cannons for the kids to see and get a feel for how the fort was defended. The bathrooms have some of the coolest windows... More 

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East Islip, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very cheap entrance fee. 5.00 for 16 and up. Walked around the fort. Very nice experience. They have a video you can watch for more information. Views are amazing.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you love history, this is an interesting fort! We didnt take a tour but wandered at our own pace. Still felt like we learnt alot on our own and enjoyed our visit.

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Auburn, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Kite flyers were fun to watch and then go into fort, it is very interesting, seeing the canons and looking at the place where the army defended the city...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Much has been said about San Juan's National Historic site. Indeed, it is something to behold. The history that is embodied in it dates back hundreds of years. To see it preserved in immaculate condition is just amazing. Perfect for any age, for people of varied interests. The vast, expansive manicured green lawn, the ocean, the fortress... just something to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely walk like a living epic tale. Be there early because it closes at 6:00 pm. Take the free trolley if you get tired

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I knew almost nothing about the history of San Juan. They did a really, really good job walking you through history and I easily spent about three hours wandering through the exhibits. Loved the views.

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Thank Sarah G
Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We finally toured the historic fort after visiting Old San Juan on 3 previous occasions. Wish we hadn't waited so long. For me, it was the highlight of the day. Lot's of kite flying on the surrounding grounds. There's much history to observe and beautiful views from up top. There are lots of stairs to climb if you want to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

One of a kind national park. Beautiful views of the old city of San Juan and the ocean! If you're in the area, check out this site!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fortifications built over generations. We spent three hours exploring this historic site and were only worn out by the heat of the day. Standing at the lowest level and looking up the high walls made us feel very small. Make sure to seek out the dungeon and let your imagination run a bit; spending just five minutes was enough to... More 

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