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Fort Ross State Historic Park

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Address: 19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450
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+1 707-847-3437
10:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

As of November 3rd, we are open only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and...

As of November 3rd, we are open only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays (closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) through March 15th. In addition we are open on state holidays: January 1 & 19, February 16, March 31, May 25, July 4th, September 7, November 11, Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day. Open December 22nd, 23rd, 24th and from December 26th to January 2nd. Because of Sacramento budget cuts, our days of operations vary with the season. Originally built by Russians in 1812, Fort Ross became a state park in 1909. Today the 3,400 acre park offers pristine natural landscapes as well as historic structures and exhibits that bring to life the former Imperial Russian settlement, early California Ranch era, and the Kashia territory. Our visitor center showcases a museum, bookshop, and an 18-minute video introducing the park's history. Some points of interest: Russian Orthodox chapel, replica Russian-style windmill, historic buildings and exhibits, cannons, historic cemetery and orchard, and a San Andreas Fault marker. You can also enjoy Sandy Cove Beach and numerous trails. Activities include hiking, swimming, marine mammal watching, and more.

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Fort Ross State Historic Park Walking Tour
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Guided Kayak Tour on Russian River

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The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming! No, that all happened a long time ago. This is a wonderful historic trip back through time.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Tomales, CA
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Tomales, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming! No, that all happened a long time ago. This is a wonderful historic trip back through time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This historic park was amazing! We had a great time learning so much and just taking in the absolute beauty of the place. We packed a lunch and had a wonderful picnic under the trees! A great day!

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our overall visit was wonderful. It started with a very helpful person at the front desk of the visitor's center and continued through the small but information-packed museum portion of the visitor's center. Lots of history! The buildings and fort are interesting and it's easy to self-guide yourself through them. Outside of the fort, there are great views of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well designed state park that has preserved/rebuilt buildings at Fort Ross, a former colony of the imperial Rossia dating back to 1812.

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

hike around the Fort and then down to the secluded beach below, I've been there twice when my wife and I were the only two on the beach for hours

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Mill Valley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

We enjoyed the mostly re-created old log buildings from the old Russian days. After that, we picnicked in their picnic table area, and it was very enjoyable. We would like to return. The drive there is fun too, watch out for cows wandering the roads.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

I wasn't going to go here but it was pouring rain. I stopped in and didn't pay the $8 but it would have been worth it to do so..... It was interesting and the views are beautiful even on a cloudy winters day..... great bathroom with an amazing quality of toilet paper that I did not expect in a state... More 

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Columbus, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

While other European powers colonized America from the east, the Russians made their forays into North America from the west down through Alaska and getting as far south as this outpost just north of present day San Francisco. Fort Ross (as in Rossiya or Russia) was mainly a agricultural station (the Russians couldn't grow much in Alaska, so their hope... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We drove three hours to get here as my daughter had chosen Fort Ross to write about for her fourth grade history project and I never thought this sight would turn out to be as delightful and insightful as it is. The park is breathtaking, especially on a foggy winter day, the vistas over the ocean are spectacular as are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

driving along pacific Highway 1 from Portland to San Francisco we stopped off at Fort Ross and were pleasantly surprised at this "off the beaten track" museum. It hosts the Sloboda Russian village. There is a lot of information about this era in American history which is often overlooked, and an exellent video. Once one steps into the pallisaded fort... More 

2 Thank cleopatraCapeTown

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