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San Francisco goes way back. (For the uninformed, Spanish colonists founded it in 1776.) But amid the bustle of modern life, we tend to take this rich history for granted. Take Fort Point, tucked under the Golden Gate Bridge: It served as a key fortification and vantage point to defend against hostile warships, and was finished just before the Civil War. You've driven by it a thousand times and probably didn't bat an eye. Remedy that by joining one of the National Park Service's free guided candlelight tours of Fort Point in January or February. The hot ticket requires you to enter a lottery to reserve your spot — act fast, because the January/February lottery closes tomorrow.


A free, intimate tour of historic Fort Point.
It's a behind-the-scenes experience that few people in this city of millions will actually experience.
Fort Point National Historic Site, Fort Mason, Marina, San Francisco, CA 94123
Sat., 6:30 p.m.
Enter the lottery for Jan. & Feb. tours online. Lottery closes tomorrow, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m. PST.