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Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park

Highway 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96766-1875
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Ranked #18 of 18 Attractions in Waimea
Type: Historic Sites, State Parks
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Coupeville, Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Other than piles of boulders, there is little to see here. There is one view of the red river coming down to the ocean and turning it red that is worth seeing. But you can also see this from the highway. The sign board does give some interesting historical information about Russian-American cooperation in Hawaii in 19th century Kauai.

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BC Washington
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85 reviews 85 reviews
29 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Not much to really see except what's left of a square of rock wall, but is interesting Hawaiian history. Be sure and stop by the Kauai Coffee Company on the way there or back. Free samples of locally grown freshly ground coffee varieties.

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San Diego, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Not much there so it turned out to be a very quick visit but interesting that the Russians built a fort.

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Littleton, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The descriptive boards gave interesting information, we weren't aware of Russia's presence in the Hawaiian islands. Unfortunately there really wasn't much to see.

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Cupertino, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

What fort? As usual, you drive a long way to look at a fort and there are a few rocks. There is a beach in the area but it is rocky. Just glad it had a restroom.

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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35 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

It was okay to walk around I suppose. Its near the ocean so that is nice but otherwise its just random stones with a sign next to it saying what it used to be. With all the other things to do on the island I wouldnt bother.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

When on this side of the island, this is worth stopping for a brief visit and a good read of the signage about the fort. Like other people have mentioned , it is nothing special, and most will think it is a waste of time. But the views are nice and realizing 200 years ago this was a big deal....... More

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Geneva
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

Interesting to learn about Russian history in Hawai'i but not worth a special trip. Smaller kids will be bored for sure.

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Kelowna, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

A little hard to find the fort. It is to the right of the entrance. Should read history on boards before visiting. Could be better maintained with explanation signs inside the fort.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This site was a little disappointing. The only information was provided on the information board. Everything else was just the remains of the fort which you aren't allowed to really set foot on. A good place to just drive by to read the information, but not a long stop.

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