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Fort Gaines

51 Bienville Ave, Dauphin Island, AL
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Type: Historic Sites
Description: A restored fort that dates back to the colonial era.
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DEFUNIAK SPRINGS
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84 reviews 84 reviews
41 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Another part of our histories interesting artifacts. A great little self guided tour, interesting history of the Fort and it's role in history. .

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Avon, Indiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth the visit if you are on Daulphin Island. This place is well maintained and the staff are great. My sons, ages 6 and 8 had fun and there were really nice picture opportunities. This is a really cool piece of history that is not to be missed.

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Zionsville, Indiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We had fun exploring Fort Gaines. The kids liked to find the next number on the tour, and then race to it. Part inside, part outside, this is a nice place for the family to come and visit. They welcome dogs on leash as well.

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Marshfield, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Didn't take the tour of the interior of the fort. Walking and driving around the outside was very interesting and I think just as good as going in.

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Moulton, Alabama
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

The wife and I loved this place as we love history. We were lucky to see a tour guide shoot off a cannon and an old rifle. He was very informative and professional. Caution: watch your children. There are a few treacherous places about the fort and we were surprised that it was like this; steep stairwells with no railing... More

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Camp Pendleton, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

A lot of history in the site. From the revolutionary war, war of 1812 and throughout the civil war this area was key for ship traffic. Even if you are not into history just the view of the Gulf of Mexico is breathtaking. Kids will love it. Very we'll managed with friendly staff and maintained. Definitely worth the 1 hour... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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132 reviews 132 reviews
25 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

If you like history at all, you will not be disappointed with Fort Gaines. We paid $6 a piece and I will admit I was not very enthusiastic about it. That is until I entered through the door. What a treasure. It is a self guided tour of sorts, with numbered explanations of each spot you are seeing. We were... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

This was a fantastic fort. There was a lot to check out and read. The fort is pretty intact and enjoyed learning about the phrase-- Damn the Torpedoes, full speed ahead!

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137 reviews 137 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This was a fort with nicer amenities than other forts we have seen on the east coast. They had a bakery with ovens, an outdoor kitchen, and separate officer quarters. There were tunnels and even a gang bathroom with ten seats that were washed out daily by the tides. Unfortunately, the fort is operated by a Dauphin Island society rather... More

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Washburn, Missouri, United States
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Located on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island, the fort overlooks the opening into Mobile Bay. It is a well preserved piece of history. You can walk along the ramparts and almost hear the echo of cannon fire. Several times a year, historical reenactors come to the fort and put on demonstrations of pioneer life. This is a great place... More

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