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Address: Route 1B, U.S. Coast Guard Station, New Castle, NH
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Best example of the Portsmouth Forts

This is just one of the many forts that line the Maine, NH and MA shoreline that were developed before the Civil War and were upgraded during the first half of the twentieth... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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campton, NH
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campton, NH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is just one of the many forts that line the Maine, NH and MA shoreline that were developed before the Civil War and were upgraded during the first half of the twentieth century. The fort is next to the Coast Guard Station and is free. Spending 30-60 minutes on the grounds gives you a good idea of the history... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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87 reviews 87 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Small sign on gate, something about extra security. Was disappointed I made the effort to go there. Would have been easy to put something on the website saying it was closed :(

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Pointe-Claire
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79 reviews 79 reviews
12 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

the site is not maintained, a very old board explains what happened there... this place needs to be loved a bit...

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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Interesting enough but not worth a detour. 10 mins and you can see it all, probably only for the enthusiast.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My husband and I love visiting historic sites but we were very disappointed in the Fort Constitution Site. The informational plaques were not maintained at all-it appeared that the salt water may have damaged them and we were unable to read the writing and view the pictures. There were maybe 2 info plagues and the rest were tucked away in... More 

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Gilmanton, New Hampshire
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We visited several forts in the area and did not find this one very interesting or well taken care of. There is the lighthouse at this location that you can go up in on certain days, which might make the visit more worth while. We did not go on a day when the lighthouse was open.

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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Pros: Parking was easy and finding the fort was easy (follow the blue paint stripe). Beautiful views of the water. Walking around the remaining walls of the fort was really cool and it was easy to imagine what it may have been like. Cons: There was a port-a-potty right next to the entrance to the fort ruining any chance of... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We enjoyed our trip to the historic fort, but felt that it lacked guides or information to help guide our own tour of the area. Perhaps we just missed it, but it was just 'there'...

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Connecticut
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129 reviews 129 reviews
28 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We drove out here and found a very interesting part of Portsmouth. The grounds and parts left from the fort were very interesting. It's always good to learn a little history. There is also a light house that you can go up in. The best part it's free and beautiful.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I happened to go to Fort Constitution on a day when the Coast Guard was having an "Open House". This proved to be a very good thing - I got to see some of the boating equipment and to tour one of their Search and Rescue Vessels. The fort was also open for self-exploration and that was an interesting activity,... More 

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