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Fort Gaines

Address: 51 Bienville Ave, Dauphin Island, AL
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: A restored fort that dates back to the colonial era.
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: A restored fort that dates back to the colonial era.
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Daphne, Alabama
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111 reviews 111 reviews
19 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This is a great spot to visit with the family. Young children will love exploring while others will enjoy the history.

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San Antonio, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Interesting fort with Civil War relics. Some parts are starting to deteteriorate and now needs much repair. History buffs- you will love it.

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Cumming, GA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I very interesting and well preserved fort. You can see the whole thing in about 1.5-2 hours. Could be difficult to get around for those in wheelchairs.

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Springfield, Missouri
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82 reviews 82 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Fort Gaines is rather well preserved, especially when compared to Fort Morgan across Mobile Bay. It is quite an experience to stand in an original bastion where troops fired on the Union Navy during the Battle of Mobile Bay. There are two downsides. The historical information on the self guided tour lacks depth and context. Also, there is not a... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We go here everytime we visit Dauphin Island. So fun to explore the fort. You can climb and hide all over. The best part is the blacksmith. It's amazing to see what he can make. If you get him talking, it's so interesting to hear what can tell you about the island and about black smithing.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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59 reviews 59 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Interesting historic Fort on Dauphin Island, AL for a quick outing. The kids might have fun learning about the historic significance of the Fort.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Okay! I will be perfectly honest about this! The area around the Fort was beautiful ! I enjoyed looking out at the Gulf, as well as the pretty trees and greenery just outside the Fort. (Things are dead and dreary in Oklahoma this time of year!) As far as the rest of it goes....it just wasn't my thing! My husband,... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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447 reviews 447 reviews
198 attraction reviews
447 helpful votes 447 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

It seems a bit forgotten and out of the way and I would recommend it unless you happen to be in the area. lot of parking and just past the ferry.

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Cleveland, Tennessee
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

we have been to other forts that I think was better...This one was just okay, Better signs letting you know things or an app would have helped. And keeping the fort clean and not so cluttered It seemed as if no one had done anything to keep it up in awhile.

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Cookson, Oklahoma
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This fort is one of the best I have seen, very beautiful. It's laid out perfectly so it is very easy to follow the self guided tour. You can climb around and really get the feel of the place. There are many plaques and signs that give great information. There is a very interesting little museum on site and the... More 

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