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