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Fort Fisher State Historic Site

1610 Fort Fisher Boulevard, South, Kure Beach, NC 28449
+1 910-458-5538
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Ranked #4 of 10 Attractions in Kure Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Military Museums
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Cleveland, Tennessee
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Our son (8 years) fell in love with this place. A must see for history buffs, and even if you have no interest in history you need to go just for the trail around the fort. Instead of walking on the beach, our son wanted to walk the trail each night, which you can do after the museum is closed.... More

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New York City, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We had a great morning at Fort Fisher. The museum seems small at first, but it did an excellent job of explaining the role that Wilmington played in the Civil War and the battle that happened there to effectively end the war. Inside the museum there are very good displays of all sorts of Civil War memorabilia, from uniforms to... More

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The museum covers the civil war history of the earthen mound fort and surrounding areas. The trail around the fort is an easy stroll and has amazing views of the sound. This is a free attraction and there is also public beach access a few hundred yards away to make a day out of it. Or you can take the... More

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York, Pennsylvania
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16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We stopped by Fort Fisher on a whim when in the area. Wish we had more time to explore the site. Well worth the stop when in the area. The fort was the site of the largest joint naval and land attack in US history until WWII. The site covers a large area including beach and river views and contains... More

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North East, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you take your time and really look at all the various exhibits/artifacts you can spend well over and hour visiting the facility. They've done a nice job of bringing history to life with the exhibits. It was interesting to learn that a good bit of the fort (once was) actually sits in the atlantic ocean now. The living oaks... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

My family took the Ferry from Southport to visit Fort Fisher. I expected to see a masonry fort but it was just a lovely beach. We went into the museum on site and we learned that the fort was actually built into the sand. We found the museum interesting and informative. My two youngest children were with us 6 and... More

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Well worth a visit to Fort Fisher when in Wilmington. The historic site is well maintained and informative. Just across the road is access to enjoy the beautiful Kure Beach. Entrance is free with a donation box inside the museum.

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Waterloo, IL
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We took a ferry using the NC DOT Ferry system from Southport, NC to Fort Fisher. Driving around Fort Fisher, we could tell that it was well cared for, and the beach was clean. We spent a few hours just taking in God's beauty, watching the waves crash by the rocks and come into the beach. It is worth your... More

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Plattsmouth, Nebraska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Fort Fisher State Historic Site takes about an hour to visit if you spend some time in the visitor center and then go out and walk the old fort. This was the last major Confederate Fort to fall and it's defeat led to the surrender of the South 3 months later. It's mission was to protect the blockade runners from... More

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Senior Contributor
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The fort itself is interesting. There's not much left but some earthworks and a museum. The kids enjoyed going to the fort and the board walk. Granted they were only interested in the cannons and the crabs under the board walk but they had a good time exploring, including the civil war stuff at the museum gift shop. Staff was... More

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