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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
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10:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Fort Ross

We went on a beautiful day and thoroughly enjoyed it, what fun! We enjoyed the whole experience and being able to walk around the grounds!

Reviewed 22 March 2016
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Modesto, California
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Modesto, California
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Reviewed 22 March 2016

We went on a beautiful day and thoroughly enjoyed it, what fun! We enjoyed the whole experience and being able to walk around the grounds!

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West Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 29 February 2016 via mobile

Such an amazing place to visit. My girlfriend and I had a day trip and absolutely loved it. We drove through the town of Jenner and along the coast. There is a small dirt road that we didn't know we could drive on but it takes you down to the settlement. Breathtaking views, peace, and relaxation is what we were... More 

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Seattle, WA
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Reviewed 23 February 2016

This park is so well-run, from the informative signs to the 10 or 15 minute video giving you background on the site. It's fun to walk around and see the preserved buildings and the view can't be beat. A fun stop for everyone to stretch their legs, and there are even some lovely picnic tables by the parking lot!

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Reviewed 16 February 2016 via mobile

We visited Fort Ross on the 6th of February and it was a truly amazing experience. We arrived late, but the staff was so kind to let us in and conduct a personal excursion just for two of us. The guide (unfortunately, we've lost his business card and can't remember the name) was very knowledgable. It appeared that he speaks... More 

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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 4 February 2016

My wife and I are very interested in history of all kinds and have especially read about and visited sites involved with the fur trade in North America. On our winter visit to sunny California (from wintry Wisconsin) we visited Fort Ross and it was amazing. We had a guided tour by a gentleman named Hank Birnbaum. He has lived... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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Reviewed 17 January 2016

This was a great find along Highway One. It was full of rich history and the guided part of the tour was free.

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Reviewed 12 January 2016 via mobile

It was wonderful trip in the middle of the the winter. Very interesting historical place , nice museum and outstanding views of ocean. Staff was nice and helpful. Good to go with family and friends, they have couple of festivals on the summer with folklore group, would be interesting to see

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 6 January 2016

I don't know about you, but I had no idea there was a Russian outpost in Northern California before it became a state! During our trip around the area we spent a couple of hours exploring this historic site, which was fascinating. Be sure to walk down to the beach as well.

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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed 25 December 2015 via mobile

This year my wife and I elected to travel 2800 miles west so we could spend Christmas in the Redwood forests of northern California's coastal area near Guerneville. On Christmas Eve we drove 15 miles on an ancient narrow road (Fort Ross Road) to the Pacific Ocean cliffs and the site of historic Fort Ross. Fort Ross was an a... More 

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Reviewed 9 November 2015

The California coast reminded us of Cornwall. It was beautiful and the Fort is well kept with ++ historically interesting facts. I did not realize of the Russian influence in this area and their integration with Alaskan ppl in the 1800s. The park entrance is $8 and it was a very good deal. We spent about 2 hours there. The... More 

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