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Fort Miles Historic Area at Cape Henlopen State Park

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Address: Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes, DE
Phone Number: 302-645-8983
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Great for WWII Enthusiasts

The fort is an interesting piece of the park's history because not many people realize the significance of what the army did on mainland America during WWII. Fort Miles was a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
John B
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Newark, Delaware
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Newark, Delaware
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The fort is an interesting piece of the park's history because not many people realize the significance of what the army did on mainland America during WWII. Fort Miles was a lookout post whose objective was to spot German submarines during the war. The park’s informational posts explain how the fort’s watch tower system spotted and marked German U-Boats for... More 

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Millsboro, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cape Henlopen Park is a great place to take a walk. Bring a camera, great pics of the ocean, history, and even woods. Breath some fresh air

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Thank FISHN1
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're a history buff and in the park on the right day you may be able to visit the underground base. They offer tours and at times reenactments. You can climb the observation tower and check out the ocean and encampment. They have added displays over the last couple of years. I would recommend checking for tour times before... More 

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We have been biking and hiking in CHP for years and did not know this part of the park existed until this summer. The point provides a view of a wide swath of beach both north and south. The elevation is a surprise for a flat state like Delaware. Go. You won't be disappointed.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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80 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We drove back on a Sunny Thanksgiving Day. Honestly, it was our only reason for going to the park and if we had to pay, we might have skipped it. There was no one at the booth because it was Thanksgiving and I am glad we went in. There is nothing fancy in the historic area, but it offers a... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

This State Park is very large and drive able with many historical attractions. The large gun displays and barracks were in tact and very well labeled. The observation tower had approximately 114 circular steps to the top with 360 degrees views of the area including the beach, ocean and surrounding cities.

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Thank Janet S
Lewes, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Such an interesting visit. Open house last October where the volunteers who are renovating the Fort give tours. What a wonderful job these people are doing restoring the old fort. See the huge guns from battle ships and the one in the fort itself. If you're lucky you may get a chance to fire it. HUGE BANG!!!

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Thank esb364
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49 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

I had no idea that Delaware played such an important role during WWII. Seeing the towers and the guns right there on the beach was a new experience.

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Rockaway, New Jersey
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79 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Take the time to fully explore the Fort Miles Historic Area at Cape Henlopen State Park. It was a huge surprise when we came upon the many guard towers and gun and fortifications emplacements - seeing these brings a clearer understanding of how close and imminent the war was for local residents. The size of the guns and structures littering... More 

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Cleveland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

A must to do! See the artillery and weapons used to protect our shores during WWII. Climb an observation tower used to triangulate the weapons. Learn about the capture of German submarine off the coast.

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