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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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A Unique Hisotrical Site

Far as I know this is the only site in the lower 48 states that demosntrates Russian exploration and colonization attempts on the West Coast. The complex is a alrge reconstructed... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Far as I know this is the only site in the lower 48 states that demosntrates Russian exploration and colonization attempts on the West Coast. The complex is a alrge reconstructed wooden fort containing storehouse, living quarters and defensive works. It gives the visitor an excellent idea of what European Frontier Posts were like in the 19th Century. It's also... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not many people visit this hidden gem. It was an amazing find. As others correctly pointed out, it offers a glimpse of lesser known side of California where Russian settlements had their footing. Please do not miss the beach. We could not get into the beach as we were short on time as we reached late. Please don't miss the... More 

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Sydney Olympic Park, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This historic park provides visitors with a glimpse into a less known side of historic Alta California, a recreation of the 19th century Russian fortress & settlement. Fort Ross was established in 1812 by the Russian-American Company on land acquired from the Kashaya Pomo indigenous people with the purpose of supporting the Company's Alaskan colony. The Park has wilderness trails... More 

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Tomales, CA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 5 weeks 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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Reviewed 6 March 2017

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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Reviewed 28 February 2017

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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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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Reviewed 14 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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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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