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

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I Loved My Tour of Fort Gaines

Fort Gaines is much more fun and interesting than I imagined it would be. There are many areas to explore as you step back in time to relive a key battle of the Civil War. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
jrsmith8
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Monroe, Louisiana
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Monroe, Louisiana
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164 reviews 164 reviews
39 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Fort Gaines is much more fun and interesting than I imagined it would be. There are many areas to explore as you step back in time to relive a key battle of the Civil War. I particularly enjoyed stepping into the old magazines and rooms where ammunition and the cannons were located. Even the old underground latrine was fascinating. The... More 

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Villa Rica, Georgia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

You could read things and almost feel you were there. I'm glad someone finally sought to preserve our history. Set yourself back in those times and enjoy being a part of our heritage!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Fort Gaines was a strange little place. There were many individuals dressed up as if attending a renaissance fair. But they acted as if I'm permanent rehearsal. Some acted in character, some sulked around, two used their cell phones. Not a single person interacted with us. Not even the guy at the front gate. I guess that is fine but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We went with some friends of ours while camping on the Island. The Blacksmith is there Monday and Wednesday but this week he said he'd be there all week. He made my wife a custom key chain that she absolutely loves. He made me some stuff for my cast iron grill set. Super nice guy that is very talented. They... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

When three of my children say they want to go back at least two more times before we leave the island, the excursion was a success. I admit that I too want to return and inspect some things closer. Great history in this place along with an operational blacksmith half the week & an occasional rifle or cannon going off.... More 

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Fredonia, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

My boyfriend and I stopped here while visiting the Mobile area and going to the beach on Dauphin Island. We both love history so this was a must. I have been to other forts but found this one to be very accessible and we could get in to places that I hadn't seen elsewhere. The staff in the gift shop... More 

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Gas City, Indiana
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

If you're in to visiting American forts, then you need to see this one. It's not the best, but it's pretty well preserved at a decent $6 price to get in.

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Tennessee
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

The fort had historical significance, and the small museum had some artifacts. When you entered, you were given a information sheet. Apparently, a tour is generally available, but the fort is short staffed and we had none. A video presentation would have helped greatly. It is too bad that Fort Gaines is not run by the National Park.

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Poplar Grove, IL
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Great piece of history, well done with smart phone "tour guides". Held the interest of our two teenage daughters and 5-year old son. Not a Disney attraction - be safe! One minor mishap resulted in a scraped knee for our little guy.

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Springfield, Missouri
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We were originally going to go to Fort Morgan but some of our family gets sea sick so we settled for Fort Gaines. It was great for families with kids. They could run around the secret tunnels and old buildings in the fort and explore! It was a self guided tour so we didn't have to hear stories that the... More 

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