Fort Point: A Fun, Free History Lesson (with Cannons!)

Explore a Civil War-era fort, see the Golden Gate Bridge from underneath, and learn to load a cannon…all for free! We’ve driven over the Golden Gate Bridge hundreds of times, spent many fun afternoons and Crissy Field, but never have we ventured down the road a bit to Fort Point until this past weekend.

Fort Point is a Civil War-era fort, which I thought I misheard because I’ve never thought about California’s role in the Civil War. My husband wondered aloud if it was a political patronige project, making San Francisco the Alaska of it’s time. The enemy never came, but the fort remained. It was almost dismantled when the Golden Gate Bridge was built, but the architect of the bridge decided that the fort was an example of artistic masonry and the bridge plans were amended to spare the fort.

Admission and tours are free. We took a tour, but a self-guided version would have worked just as well – or even better, according to my daughter.

My daughter loved the views from the fort’s roof.

My son loved the cannons, cannon balls, all the talk about a jail, and explosives.

The highlight was when he was able to participate in a cannon loading demonstration.

After about an hour at Fort Point, we walked back to Crissy Field for a picnic and some time at the beach. A fun day, with a little history thrown in.

Fort Point is open Thursday – Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fort is hosting a Civil War Living History Day on Aug. 13. Admission is free.

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  1. July 22, 2011
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