As one thing on our San Francisco weekend trip, we walked to Fort Point (you can drive too) at the end of the Bay Trail at Crissy Field. For the longest time, we had no idea what this building under the Golden Gate Bridge was. Was it a part of the bridge? Was it a old closed down building? We had no idea until we went a little further past Warming Point and discovered it’s an old war fort that’s FREE to explore.
In Fort Point, you can explore everything because nothing is blocked off. There are three floors of cannon storage, a little museum, and old rooms, plus you can go to the roof for some incredible views. Getting deep into the fort, it’s gets kind of dark and creepy, but it’s really cool to see the historic building.
Each floor has a bunch of balconies to look down and across the fort to see everything. One floor has tons of windows that the glass has been taken out which makes for unique pictures and views. The first floor had old cannons and cannon balls you get close too and check out. To get to the different floors, you can go up the metal stairs, or you can go up the awesome spiral staircase.
Historically, Fort Point has been in its spot protecting San Francisco for 150 years after being built between 1853 and 1861. It has been a part of the gold rush, Civil War, numerous earthquakes, World War II, and the bridge construction to name a few. People actually wanted to destroy the fort to make way for the Golden Gate bride, but it was fought for and stayed. That’s why there’s the arch on only one side.
This easily accessible point is a must do for a trip to San Francisco and can be done after checking out Crissy Field, the Bay Trail, and Warming Hut. To check out the inside and highlights of the fort, check out YouTube channel or the video below!