Fort Point – Golden Gate National Recreation Area

By / April 5, 2016 / Activities, National Parks

Fort Point is a free historical site that was originally built to protect the Golden Gate entry to San Francisco’s bay. They almost tore down the fort in 1933 when they built the Golden Gate Bridge, but instead Chief Engineer Joseph B. Strauss redesigned the bridge to save this massive brick Civil War-era structure, which has since been turned into a National Historical Site.

 

Fort Point just one of many great places within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. I previously posted about Crissy Field, and I encourage visits to the Presidio, Muir Woods, Acatraz, and more.

 

The entrance to Fort Point is about what you would expect from an old army base. The somewhat small doorway then opens up into a courtyard. Visitors are free to wander around much of the fort, looking in rooms and looking out the windows and ports.

The entrance to Fort Point doesn't look quite as inviting as most museums, because this was an actual military fort.

The entrance to Fort Point doesn’t look quite as inviting as most museums, because this was an actual military fort.

The inside of Fort Point has a large courtyard with beautiful brick work throughout.

The inside of Fort Point has a large courtyard with beautiful brick work throughout.

 

Multiple cannons are present, showing the firepower that Fort Point previously used to protect the Golden Gate. Visitors can also see a powder room and the armory.

The Barbette Battery is an 8 inch cannon, which was restored in 1986.

The Barbette Battery is an 8 inch cannon, which was restored in 1986.

Multiple cannons can be seen here, and show different levels of restoration.

Multiple cannons can be seen here, and show different levels of restoration.

 

Several rooms within Fort Point are very educational. One room is dedicated to the Golden Gate Bridge, giving history and information. Other rooms recreate living quarters, and give an idea of what life was like when the fort was in action.

Information about Fort Point being saved from construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Information about Fort Point being saved from construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Information about the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Information about the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.

 

The brickwork is incredible, and during preparation for visitors they purposefully left a few walls open to show their design.

The fort is over 100 years old and has been utilized in different ways, some of which left areas damaged. Restoration allowed choosing of which parts to restore and which to leave exposed, showing their construction.

Fort Point is a Civil Engineering Landmark.

Fort Point is a Civil Engineering Landmark.

 

Overall, Fort Point is not the most exciting place to bring your family, but it is a nice historical site to visit when you are in the area. If you eat lunch at Crissy Field, then the fort is just a short walk and provides some historical context to the area.

Located below the Golden Gate Bridge, this I recommend visiting this site as an inexpensive way to explore San Francisco and learn some history.

A fellow visitor was nice enough to take this picture of me top of Fort Point. This is the same view soldiers would have had protecting the Golden Gate.

A fellow visitor was nice enough to take this picture of me top of Fort Point. This is the same view soldiers would have had protecting the Golden Gate.

Fort Point actually sits underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, and is a great spot to visit while in the area.

Fort Point actually sits underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, and is a great spot to visit while in the area.

 

 

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