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Address: 51 Bienville Avenue, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Phone Number: 2518616992
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Description: A restored fort that dates back to the colonial era.

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History At It's Best

My husband and I took the 35 minute ferry from the mainland to Dauphin Island to visit the fort. For a fee of $8.00 we were able to walk around the fort at our leisure using a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
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Waterloo, IL
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Waterloo, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

My husband and I took the 35 minute ferry from the mainland to Dauphin Island to visit the fort. For a fee of $8.00 we were able to walk around the fort at our leisure using a self-guided tour page given when we arrived. At various points we were able to see for miles and tried to visualize what life... More 

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Forreston, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Good value to see some local history! Your self guided tour you can go at your own pace. We usually don't do things like this on vacation but we are glad we did. Amazing to sit by one of the cannons and look out to sea and imagine the fight that went on for days, months and years.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We took our boys ages 9 & 13 to Fort Gaines on a rainy day for something to do away from the beach. They loved it! You are given a brochure that if followed walks you through the fort and gives information at each site marker. The fort itself is not very big but we managed to spend 2 hours... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We visited during a commemoration of the Battle of Mobile Bay. Working Blacksmith, Cannon Fires and Musket shooting. Admission was $8.00 per Adult

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Zephyrhills, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We made a quick trip through some of the fort, but did not see it all. The sign and cannons were the highlights.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

If your not into history then don't go here! It was boring for my 3yo and 5yo and they were done after 20 mins.....too pricey for nothing to do while you r there

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Fort Gaines, along with neighboring Fort Morgan, guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for years. Fort Gaines was one of the last masonry forts built in the United States, and is actually in great condition. It was captured by the Confederacy early in the Civil War, and finally fell to the U.S. during the campaign for Mobile in 1864-5. Ft.... More 

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Enjoyable hour or two looking through the museum and walking around the fort. The highlight was the cannon firing. We asked one of the confederate soldiers lots of questions and learnt a lot about the civil war. Only cost $8 per person to get in. Nice little gift shop.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This was a very interesting historic site to visit, definitely great for the history buff. However, it does cost $8 per adult just to enter the fort, and there is only air conditioning in the museum, so the heat is stifling! Still a great place to visit, just be aware of the heat and the cost before hand or it... More 

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Malvern, Arkansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Historical site. Taking the self guided walk through the old fort. Don't miss the museum or the active blacksmith. If the ride across on the Fort Morgan Ferry, you will have some excellent views on the fort.

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