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“Facinating Civil War Fort at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge”

Fort Point National Historic Site
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Owner description: From its vantage point overlooking the spectacular Golden Gate, Fort Point protected San Francisco harbor from Confederate and foreign attack during and after the U.S. Civil War. Its beautifully arched casemates display the art of the master brick mason from the Civil War period.
Reviewed 23 August 2014

Fort Point is a Civil War-era brick fort located at the north end of San Francisco, directly below the southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge. In the summer it's open to the public 6 days a week, Thursday thru Tuesday, and they occasionally do Civil War reenactments.

They do a great job of explaining the then state of the art construction techniques used when it was built between 1853 and 1861. When it opened the fort had 69 canons to defend the entrance of San Francisco Bay. They also have nice displays showing what life was like being a Union soldier stationed there.

The fort has great views of the bay and provides a unique view of underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Because of it's location right on the water it can be very cold and windy, so dress in layers!

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Reviewed 19 August 2014

A friend of mine and I wanted a good view of the Golden Gate Bridge, and it happened to be a foggy day. We came here, and the best part was the top floor. Here, you are right underneath the bridge, and can get a wholly different view than anywhere else. You will have completely different pictures than anyone else who comes to SF.

It was also interesting from a historic perspective. We spent about an hour here, between taking pictures and wandering through the different halls. Just a warning that there are a lot of stairs.

1  Thank ArizonaLangs
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

We didn't visit this fort our first time in the city, but wanted to the second time. It is pretty easy to get to...my GPS found it just fine. Beautiful views to drive down the road to get to the parking. Free parking is always a plus. As with any activity by the water in San Francisco, bundle up! I had a sweater and a coat and was still cold walking around the fort. Free admission. The location of this fort is very awesome as it offers different viewpoints of the Golden Gate Bridge and water. We did not do a tour or stay for a demonstration, but did walk through. I would recommend this if you have time.

3  Thank 44Renee44
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Reviewed 12 August 2014 via mobile

Do NOT miss this free opportunity! Located under the Golden Gate Bridge. Fantastic views for photos and so rich in history. A little windy especially on the top floor. Check out the hills beside it also which holds some interesting forts. Don't forget the camera!!!!

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Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

When my husband said we were visiting a "fort," I didn't have high expectations. I'm SO glad he planned our excursion because this is a must visit in San Francisco. The views of the Golden Gate Bridge are spectacular from this vantage point.

The fort itself is interesting; we did not take a tour, but read about the history as we walked through. Lots of stairs to climb...great for families with older kids. Be warned, inside of the fort is like a wind tunnel and gets very, very cold. Along with your camera, bring a jacket!

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