Guided Tours

Canon loading demonstration showing ranger behind cannon and audience helpers

Fort Point cannon loading demonstration

The following programs are provided free of charge. However, because of possible changes in programming, please contact us or consult the sallyport program board for program updates.

For curriculum based education programs for schools groups, please refer our Education page for details.

Self-Guided Tour:
Take a look around Fort Point at your own pace with a booklet available at the fort that provides information about the fort and its history.

Fort History Tour:

Join one of the Fort Point docents near the front entrance of the Fort 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 typically last 30-minutes. Tours start at 11 am, check with staff for possible additional tour times.

Guardians of the Golden Gate Video:
This 17-minute video can be seen in the theater adjacent to the Fort Point Bookstore. This short documentary video will provide you with an understanding of the history of Fort Point.

Building the Golden Gate Bridge Video:
This 28-minute video, produced by the Bethlehem Steel Company, is an interesting look into the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. Unlike other videos about the bridge, this video not only contains footage taken during construction, but relates the story of the steel company and construction workers that built the bridge.

Cannon Loading Demonstration
Join one of the Fort Point docents and learn about the cooperation it took for the Fort's soldiers to defend the San Francisco Bay. Afterwards, you and other visitors can demonstrate your knowledge and become certified Fort Point cannoneers! Meet at the Napoleon 12-pound field cannon across from the front entrance, at the blue benches. Drills usually take about 30-minutes. Demonstrations start at 12 noon, check with staff for possible additional times.

 
Fort Point visitors pier crabbing

Two visitors holding a crab during the Pier Crabbing program.

Seasonal Programs


Please be advised that the following programs do require reservations in advance. For some, reservations should be made at least a month ahead due to limited space availability. Reservations can only be made over the phone by calling (415) 556-1693.

Pier Crabbing Demonstration
Months available: March through October
Available Days: Saturday mornings 10 a.m. to noon

All programs are full through October 2015. We will start taking reservations again for next year's programs on March 1, 2016.

Join the Fort Point Rangers to learn more about some of the Fort's more salty visitors! Meet at the entrance of the Warming Hut and learn the secrets of capturing San Francisco's most elusive crustaceans during this hands-on program. We will discuss Dungeness, Red, and Rock crab habitat, equipment, San Francisco's regulations for crab fishing, and let you try your luck with our nets! Please bring a bucket if you would like to keep any legal catches. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Please call (415) 556-1693 to make a reservation!

 
Candle lantern

Candle lantern used in candle light tour.

Fort Point Candlelight Tour
Months available: November through February
Available Days: Saturday evenings only

We will begin taking reservations for programs in November & December on October 1st, 2015.

Join the ranger for a tour of Fort Point in a different light. Space is limited, so please call in advance. Due to the limited space, please be considerate of others by not reserving for friends or groups. Family groups of no more than six. We also advise that this program may not be suited for children under the age of 10. Once the fort doors close and the program begins, you will not be able to leave until the program is over. Due to the limited space reservations are required. Please call 415-556-1693 to make reservations.

For the next Pier Crabbing or Candlelight Tour dates
please check the
Parks Conservancy Calendar.

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