Fort Point

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Fort Point information

San Francisco , USA
Marine Dr
+1 415 556 1693
Getting there
Bus: 28
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admission free
Opening hours
10am-5pm Fri-Sun
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This triple-decker, brick-walled US military fortress was completed in 1861, with 126 cannons, to protect the bay against certain invasion during the Civil War…or not, as it turned out. Without a single shot having been fired, Fort Point was abandoned 1900. Alfred Hitchcock made it famous in his 1956 film Vertigo – this is where Kim Novak jumped into the bay. Now the fort showcases Civil War displays and knockout panoramic viewing decks of the bridge's underside.

Saturdays once monthly March through October, staff demonstrate crabbing from the pier; November to February, inquire about spooky candlelight night tours. Reservations required for both.