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Address: Portland, ME
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Abandoned fort on an island in Portland Harbor; visitors should use caution...

Abandoned fort on an island in Portland Harbor; visitors should use caution when exploring its grounds.

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Fort gores is only reachable by kayak,canoe or power boat.. Built to protect Portland Harbor in the 1860's, it is worth the effort to get there and see the well preserved fort,

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 11, 2015
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Burlington, North Carolina
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Burlington, North Carolina
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Fort gores is only reachable by kayak,canoe or power boat.. Built to protect Portland Harbor in the 1860's, it is worth the effort to get there and see the well preserved fort,

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Stopped by the Portland, Maine visitors center first located right next to the cruise ship docks, may even been the cruse terminal. Anyway they have these free local maps that show all the different areas of greater Portland. One thing I stated that I wanted was to take a walk along the water, and was informed all I had to... More 

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Fryeburg, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I have never been to the fort itself, but the view from the shore is beautiful. Bring the camera and views of it, and if you focus in with the right settings you should be able to get both forts in.

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Thank iReadPercyJackson
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This old fort is an easy paddle from the East End Beach and is made of walls with a grassy area in the middle. We go out a few times a summer to spend the day, swim and poke around the old fort. Some people spend the night out there and there are fire remains in a pit on the... More 

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Salisbury,MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Maine has a few really cool Forts that make for a great day trip with the kids to explore and learn a little about history. bring a few snacks n drinks in a cooler and a camera and enjoy the outdoors..

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Gales Ferry, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

It is great to look at, both from the shore and cruising by on boat rides. I wish it was easier to get to to take a look inside like to kayakers do.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is an abandoned old fort that is currently not yet a museum with tours, but you can visit and explore with caution if you can get there. I saw signs in town for fundraisers in hope of opening it up in the future. Some water taxi's will not go there and larger boats have to be careful of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Go to Fort Allen Park on a summer evening for the moonrise over Fort Gorges across the bay. Romantic and beautiful.

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Long Island, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We kayaked out into the bay to the Fort. It was a nice place to paddle out to and, from there, if you wanted to, you could skip over to Peaks Island as well. Not much at the fort but interesting to walk around and see what it was like. Pretty views from the top of the fort and beach.

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Venice, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This beautiful park should be walked. The lighthouse is easy to get to and fun to see how they used to operate and live. the Goddard Mansion is just a shell but the view is awesome. It is For Sale for those who might want to restore a landmark.

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