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Fort Barrancas

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Address: Pensacola Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL
Phone Number: 850-455-5167
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9:30 am - 3:45 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 3:45 pm
Description: Located in the Pensacola Naval Station, this is the site of the first U.S...
Located in the Pensacola Naval Station, this is the site of the first U.S. Naval yard that was built in 1821.
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We always try to incorporate some history into our vacations and this fort was a perfect side trip. Its great to see something more than 100 years old in the US. We don't have a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Birmingham, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW via mobile

We always try to incorporate some history into our vacations and this fort was a perfect side trip. Its great to see something more than 100 years old in the US. We don't have a lot of history that we can see and touch and this fort allows you to really imagine and think about what things were like when... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Fort Barrancas is a nice smaller fort tucked in the middle of NAS Pensacola. You can walk through the Fort and get an idea of what it must have been like for those who actually manned the fort. It's scenic, historical, and free. Worth doing once or twice.

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Columbia, Mo
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

The folks in the visitor center are very helpful and clearly passionate about the fort. If you ask them they will point out some really interesting things to look for when you are touring the fort. In addition to the civil war era for there is also a smaller but no less impressive spanish fort to see. I really interesting... More 

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Medina, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Self guided tour to explore the fort. Simple but interesting! Staff was knowledgable and seemed genuinely happy to answer our questions. FYI there is a portion the elderly and small children should avoid, it's marked by a sign but that's it, so watch your little ones if you take them.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Excellent historic old fort located on the Pensacola Naval Air Station. The fort itself has structures dating back to the Spanish occupation and was later used during the Civil War and beyond. Very well maintained structures for their age. It even has a drawbridge over a dry moat! Highly recommend for any history enthusiast. No fees being charged at present... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We visited Fort Barrancas right after touring the Pensacola Lighthouse. Both attractions are very close to the Naval Museum and a pleasant way to spend a few hours. The fort is actually two forts in one: Fort Barrancas and an older Spanish fort. Both involve a little bit of a walk/hike. The long passages and gun ports are well-preserved and... More 

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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132 reviews 132 reviews
56 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Really cool historic fort. The staff at the desk in the visitor's center were genuinely welcoming which is always nice. Somewhere I had read there was an admission fee, but it wasn't the case - it was free, and when you're traveling with a family, free is always nice. The site is well maintained and we like that you're free... More 

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Pensacola, FL
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296 reviews 296 reviews
78 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This Fort sitting almost across from The Pensacola Naval Museum is a great way to spend a few hours of your vacation. Directly in front of For Barancas (adjoinig it) is an older Fort, Fort San Carlos, an old Spanish Fort. One mile away sits Fort Redoubt a fort built incase Fort Barncas was overran. Also in the area is... More 

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Raymond, Mississippi
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

My family and I went to the fort on 3/13/15. I have been to many forts but this one is unique. The design is beautiful. I recommend going. It is sad that on several of the walls inside the fort there was graffiti. Shame on whoever lacks decency and would deface a historic treasure.

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Seffner, Florida
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133 reviews 133 reviews
67 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

If you like forts and love history then this is the place for you. Hours can be spent climbing up and down the abutments and ramparts.

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