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Fort Point National Historic Site
In the Presidio, San Francisco
Situated beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point is a classic example of the coastal fortifications constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the mid-19th century. Built prior to the beginning of the Civil War, the brick-and-granite fort embodies the commercial and strategic military importance of San Francisco. Between 1933 and 1937 the fort was used as a base of operations for the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. During World War II, Fort Point was occupied by 100 soldiers with searchlights and rapid-fire cannon as part of the protection of a submarine net strung across the bay entrance. The site was established on October 16, 1970.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Touring fort, viewing photography and history exhibits, watching videos. Facilities: Ranger station, museum. Bookstore. Programs & Events: Ranger-guided tours (daily), cannon drill demonstrations (daily), education programs. Crabbing program (Mar.-Oct.), Candlelight tours (Oct.-Feb.). Special events available. Tips & Hints: Allow at least one hour for your visit. Be careful when walking around front of building, as ground can be slippery. Weather at Fort Point is cool and windy Summer months can be cold, with fog rolling into San Francisco Bay. Winters are generally cold with variable precipitation. Go in spring and fall for best weather. Busiest June-Aug., least crowded Dec. and Jan.
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Free. Audio tour rental: $2.50 adults, $1 ages 16 and under. Fort open Fri.-Sun. 10-5.
HOW TO GET THERE
Beneath the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge. Turn off U.S. 101 at the bridge and turn left on Lincoln Blvd. Closest airport: San Francisco (15 mi).
Fort Point National Historic Site (Box 29333, Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94129, tel. 415/556-1693,). San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (201 3rd St., Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, tel. 415/974-6900,).
Fort Point National Historic Site. How to get by car to the Fort Point National Historic Site. How to book a room and its price in the Fort Point National Historic Site