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Address: Route 1B, U.S. Coast Guard Station, New Castle, NH
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We made an early spring visit to Fort Constitution State Historic Site, one of several former forts on Portsmouth Harbor. The fort itself is in disrepair, and we were cautious of... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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North Shore, MA
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Hanover, New Hampshire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This Fort was not what we had hoped for. There were no signs anywhere to help you understand the historic site and we left very disappointed. There were some nice views of the bay and the Maine coast but overall I would not take anyone back there

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North Shore, MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We made an early spring visit to Fort Constitution State Historic Site, one of several former forts on Portsmouth Harbor. The fort itself is in disrepair, and we were cautious of debris and other obstacles as we walked around. Interpretive signs are few, and those we found presented little information (I suggest visitors read about the fort and its long... More 

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Indiana
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63 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Went to get a picture of the Portsmouth lighthouse and thought we would see the fort as well. It was a cold windy day so we didn't stay long. Although there is not a lot to do at the fort it does have some great views and its nice to learn a little history. Bonus is that the drive there... More 

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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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12 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
18 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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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
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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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