San Juan National Historic Site

San Juan National Historic Site

San Juan National Historic Site
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Constructed to defend the San Juan coastline during the 17th and 18th centuries, this dramatic fortress rises 140 feet above the sea on a rocky promontory, and is composed of six huge levels of ramps, barracks, dungeons, turrets, towers and tunnels.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • She
    Vicenza, Italy6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Place for Relaxation
    Visited when entrance fee was waived. For a free experience would definitely recommend as gained a history of Puerto Rico overall. Pretty views from top of El Morro. Nice place for picnic or flying a kite.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 26, 2023
  • Keith H
    Lakeland, Florida529 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive historic forts
    It’s a little confusing reading about this site but easy to understand when you get here. There are two centuries- old forts joined by an ancient city wall with big open spaces between them. One ticket will cover both forts, and you have two days to see them. We visited Castillo San Felipe del Morro today. It’s wonderful that this historic structure is so well preserved, and the sea and bay views are amazing.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Rebekah B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and interesting
    What a view! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the fort. It had an incredible view of the ocean and tons of interesting historical information. The huge grassy lawn on the way up was full of people flying kites (perfect day with lots of wind). The stairs around the fort are a little tricky, but take it slow and you'll be fine.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Sylvia G
    Cedar Hill, Texas878 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views and perfect for pictures.
    First of all. Seeing how high this place is while looking from the shops below can be very deceiving. Definitely not the case once you get to the facility. We quickly reached the top in a matter of minutes. My 70 year old mother was able to walk the whole facility without any problems. No stairs, beautiful views of the beach and shops. It’s definitely not a huge museum but you get to see a few things and take beautiful pictures because of how big the facility sits.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Patrick M
    Newark, Delaware1,075 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Man the Cannons
    US national park site El Morro is a great look into the past history of Puerto Rico. With 6 levels to explore give yourself a couple hours. The views from the top are wonderful and shouldn't be missed. The fort contains a lot of history and displays explaining how an why the fort was build. There are displays showing the living conditions and the battlements with cannons as well. And of course there is a gift shop.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written October 17, 2023
  • Michelle
    Inverness, Florida82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Even with all the hurricanes you still stand!
    El Morris is still here as a blast from our past to tell the story of survival. Please read the informational signs and watch the movie BEFORE exploring. It makes more sense. It is a beautiful reminder of tenacity and strength….
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written January 8, 2024
  • Charles Y
    Atlanta, Georgia790 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    History with Great Vistas
    The Fort is an historical wonder, but also provide great visits of San Juan and views out across the bay and into the sea. It also provide a peaceful reprieve from the busy streets of old San Juan. There is a fee to enter (about $10 or $20), that covers entry to both forts in the area. It was not crowded, and there are a number of great photo opportunities.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written February 9, 2024
  • David
    Canton, Michigan306 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History lesson and beautiful architecture
    What a great piece of history, it just makes you wonder how this structure was built way back then. This was a stop on our excursion so we only had about 30 minutes to explore the entire Fort. Enjoyed a bit of history of what we could get in. I would recommend at least a 3 hour stay to soak it all in.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written February 25, 2024
  • Richard W
    Penn Valley, California834 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating to visit...
    The Park Service has done a great job with the maintenance of these historic facilities and with the interpretive exhibits throughout the buildings. Visiting here one can gain an appreciation for the significance of these structures to the countries that controlled them, even through World War II. The setting is beautiful so take your time and enjoy a bit of history. While an elevator exists in one area this facility does require uphill walking and uneven surfaces.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 19, 2024
  • Cristina B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spring Break
    This was my kids and husbands first time visiting and they immediately fell in love. They love the history, colors, food, and architecture. Definitely glad we waited until the kids were teenagers to appreciate this historical trip!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written April 2, 2024
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Cristina B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This was my kids and husbands first time visiting and they immediately fell in love. They love the history, colors, food, and architecture. Definitely glad we waited until the kids were teenagers to appreciate this historical trip!
Written April 2, 2024
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Richard W
Penn Valley, CA834 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The Park Service has done a great job with the maintenance of these historic facilities and with the interpretive exhibits throughout the buildings. Visiting here one can gain an appreciation for the significance of these structures to the countries that controlled them, even through World War II. The setting is beautiful so take your time and enjoy a bit of history.
While an elevator exists in one area this facility does require uphill walking and uneven surfaces.
Written March 19, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

David
Canton, MI306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
What a great piece of history, it just makes you wonder how this structure was built way back then. This was a stop on our excursion so we only had about 30 minutes to explore the entire Fort. Enjoyed a bit of history of what we could get in. I would recommend at least a 3 hour stay to soak it all in.
Written February 25, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Charles Y
Atlanta, GA790 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The Fort is an historical wonder, but also provide great visits of San Juan and views out across the bay and into the sea. It also provide a peaceful reprieve from the busy streets of old San Juan. There is a fee to enter (about $10 or $20), that covers entry to both forts in the area. It was not crowded, and there are a number of great photo opportunities.
Written February 9, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Michelle
Inverness, FL82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
El Morris is still here as a blast from our past to tell the story of survival. Please read the informational signs and watch the movie BEFORE exploring. It makes more sense. It is a beautiful reminder of tenacity and strength….
Written January 9, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Cheritza M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
My favorite part is to walk around the outside part of the wall of El Morro, sightseeing and listening to the waves. You will see lots of cats, iguanas, and beautiful sunsets.
Written January 5, 2024
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Cheshire Traveller
Warrington, UK339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Went here with friends from our cruise. Really enjoyed seeing the site and understanding the history.

Really good they offer veterans discount as well.
Written December 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Patrick M
Newark, DE1,075 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
US national park site El Morro is a great look into the past history of Puerto Rico. With 6 levels to explore give yourself a couple hours. The views from the top are wonderful and shouldn't be missed.

The fort contains a lot of history and displays explaining how an why the fort was build. There are displays showing the living conditions and the battlements with cannons as well. And of course there is a gift shop.
Written October 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sylvia G
Cedar Hill, TX878 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
First of all. Seeing how high this place is while looking from the shops below can be very deceiving. Definitely not the case once you get to the facility. We quickly reached the top in a matter of minutes. My 70 year old mother was able to walk the whole facility without any problems. No stairs, beautiful views of the beach and shops. It’s definitely not a huge museum but you get to see a few things and take beautiful pictures because of how big the facility sits.
Written August 23, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rebekah B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
What a view! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the fort. It had an incredible view of the ocean and tons of interesting historical information. The huge grassy lawn on the way up was full of people flying kites (perfect day with lots of wind). The stairs around the fort are a little tricky, but take it slow and you'll be fine.
Written August 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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