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Address: Pensacola Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL
Phone Number: 850-455-5167
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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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I really loved this Fort!

Having been to a few Forts before, I wasn't sure what to expect. This was great! My kids got to talk to the Park Ranger, run and climb (important for them!). They also got the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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McIntosh, Florida
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McIntosh, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Having been to a few Forts before, I wasn't sure what to expect. This was great! My kids got to talk to the Park Ranger, run and climb (important for them!). They also got the brochure for the Junior Park Ranger program (scavenger hunt and info for them to talk with the park and the ranger). I would recommend this... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
43 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

My wife and I enjoyed the small but nice visitor center for the fort. Note: the entrance is on the Pensacola Naval Base, have your ID. The road signage is fairly helpful. A short, steep trail will take you up to the first, newer fort. The trails in the bottom interior of the fort are great for geometric/scenic building photos!... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This was a Texas fort that I had never heard about, but what an experience to walk around and to experience history. To think about the men who served and fought at that very site. Fort Barrancas is very well maintained and the volunteers are very knowledgeable about this fort. Don't miss it!

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San Jose, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I spent a quiet afternoon here in March. There were very few people around and you get a real sense of how it must have been back in the day. I enjoyed roaming the halls and the view from the top was pretty. There probably isn't a lot of fun things for kids/teenagers to do, but I really liked it.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I agree with the other reviews about it being well maintained and preserved. We did the self tour because our time was limited and the tour with the ranger was after the time we left. All is all..we enjoyed it. Great Photo opportunities!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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243 reviews 243 reviews
93 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Unlike many other forts we have visited, there really wasn’t much to see at this one. It’s a massive structure with several passageways and a great piece of American history dating back to before the Civil War. This is part of the National Park Service and there is no admission fee to visit the fort. Across the bay is Fort... More 

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Northport, Alabama
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81 reviews 81 reviews
52 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Interesting place, but not a lot to see here. The self-guided walking tour is informative though. The ranger on duty when I visited recently seemed more concerned about performing his calculations than engaging a visitor. He looked up maybe three times, each because I prompted him with a question or to pay for a postcard. Usually rangers greet you, but... More 

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Saint Francisville, Louisiana
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67 reviews 67 reviews
22 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This fort is for the most part well preserved and maintained. The self tour brochure is well done and informative. If you attend the 15 minute movie in the auditorium you can skip the brochure because the ranger in the movie tells about the fort, cannons, and service members.

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Spring Hill, Tennessee
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37 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

My husband and I visited the Fort and really enjoyed the history of it along with the views from the top. The architecture of the fort was amazing and so inventive. The tunnels were nice and cool on a very warm day which made it a really nice and enjoyable self guided tour. Kids would also enjoy this place as... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Pete, It sounds like you went to the Advanced Redoubt the smaller fort on Taylor Road. That is only open on Saturdays at 1100 am. It cannot be left open, because sadly, people will vandalize it. The main fort at Fort Barrancas doesn't close until 4:30 and is staffed with a Ranger and Volunteers. Hope this helps. Jeff

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