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Fort Gorges

Portland, ME
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Ranked #20 of 64 attractions in Portland
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Abandoned fort on an island in Portland Harbor; visitors should use caution when exploring its grounds.
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English first
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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Leominster, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

If you're not from the area (like us), you need to book a water taxi to visit this island-fort. Not all of them go to Fort Gorges, so keep calling if one of them says no. You'll also need to plan around the tides - if the water is too low, bigger boats can't approach without hitting rocks, and the... More

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Our family has great memories of exploring this old fort in the Portland harbor. We sailed our small sailboat right into the cove north of the fort, tied up and got out to explore! There are so many surprises and I had no idea there was an open courtyard right in the middle. Spectacular views of Portland and other nearby... More

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Groton, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Take the Portland Paddle tour because it is worthwhile to get inside. The city does a good job keeping the fort clear of litter thanks to the Maine Trails Network and Portland Paddle. Beautiful architecture and the state of ruin with trees and bird life in the upper regions just adds to the evocative atmosphere. Climb to the top for... More

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Portland, Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Imposing from the water and very approachable no matter what kind of boat. Fort is very imposing sitting guard over the harbor. Clean good walk throu. Not overly organized which suited me just fine.

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Have sailed past many times and was always wanting to visit. Finally we did visit and it did not disappoint. Really fun place to bring a picnic lunch.

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Begun in 1858, Fort Gorges was completed in 1865 just as the Civil War ended. During renovation in the late 1860s, sand and sod were added to the top level of its granite ramparts to protect its gun encasements and powder magazines from attacks. Mature trees, shrubs, and grasses now grow in this soil. At dawn and dusk it’s a... More

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South Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

A beautiful small island at the entrance to Portland harbor that reminds us of Portland's rich history.

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