The Fort Mason Center is a destination along the waterfront in San Francisco, California that offers several programs, events, and organizations a place to support the community. The center has a 13 acre campus that was once part of the Port of Embarkation for the US Military. They are partnered with the Golden Gate National Parks to provide a place of recreation.
Fort Mason was built in 1776 by the Spanish, yet it eventually became part of the US Army in 1848 when California became part of the Union. They reactivated the fort that had been shut down for several years. An earthquake and fire destroyed most of the fort later in 1906, leaving room for the land to become an area for piers and warehouses. In 1985 Fort Mason was designated as a landmark. Since then it has become a place for the events visitors can see on a trip to San Francisco.
Fort Mason Center is open 9am to 8pm, except on major holidays. There is no entry fee, unless a special event is going on. Parking does require a small fee for the day. With shops, events, and restaurants nearby Fort Mason Center is often a hub of activity.