History

Sunny day at Point Bonita Lighthouse
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Lighthouse Trailhead
Discover how Point Bonita provided safe passage through the treacherous Golden Gate and experience the last manned lighthouse on the Pacific Coast.
View toward the ocean from Sweeney Ridge
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Commemorating 10,000 years of Ohlone Settlement in San Mateo County & The 250th Anniversary of the Portola’ Expedition Sighting of San Francisco Bay. Hosted at the Pacifica Community Center (540 Crespi Drive), there will be ranger-guided hikes to the Sweeney Ridge site and a dedication ceremony with political dignitaries dedicating...
A dark hall leads to a person looking down through a sunny archway on one of Fort Points upper levels
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Entrance
Come down to Fort Point to experience the life and times of people during the Civil War using objects of the time.
Image of the interior of Fort Point with the lighthouse
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Entrance
Join a ranger near the front entrance of Fort Point for a tour! Learn about the soldiers' lives at Fort Point, the fort's unique architecture, the defenses of the Golden Gate and lots more. Tours are scheduled daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and typically last 30 minutes. Staff availability may affect these tour times, please inquire upon arrival.
Battery Townsley "pond" in a former gun emplacement
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Battery Townsley
This two hour hike focuses on the World War II history of Fort Cronkhite, including wartime invasion scares, soldier life at the fort, and a visit to the labyrinthine interior of Battery Townsley.
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Entrance
Come and explore Fort Point, through your lens! Join a park photographer, to learn the basics of photography, and a park ranger to learn the history of the Fort.
Visitors at the Nike Missile Site
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Nike Missile Site
Experience the Nike Missile Launch Site at night with a guided tour from park staff, and delve into the history and operations of an anti-aircraft base.
Alcatraz Historic Prisons
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Alcatraz Visitor Center
Join volunteers from the Friends of Civil War Alcatraz for a bi-annual day commemorating life on Fort Alcatraz.
Gun at Black Point Battery in Fort Mason
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Fort Mason Flagpole
Explore Fort Mason’s charming walkways and discover the complex history of this tiny military post.
Schooner Alma sailing in the Aquatic Park lagoon
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Just a stone’s toss from Fort Mason, join us for a special tour of the interactive exhibits of the Maritime Museum at the San Francisco National Historical Park.