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Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park

Address: Highway 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96766-1875
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Ranked #199 of 227 things to do in Waimea
Type: Historic sites, State Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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Type: Historic sites, State Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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Blind Bay, Canada
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109 reviews 109 reviews
27 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

When you look at Fort Elizabeth the sight is not impressive. The rock walls are only a couple or three feet high and the fort is simply an outline of what once was there in 1816. However, the site represents a period of Kauai history when the Russians were making a bid to control and perhaps annex Kauai. A German,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The high points are the low fort wall ruins, beach access and the public rest room. The site would benefit from more extensive interpretive signing. There is a road which runs out to the water which is pretty rough. We used this stop as an opportunity to get out and stretch our legs driving back from Waimea. A very short... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

There is not much to see. The walls of the fort have been turned to rubble. There is one sign telling you about it, and one of those terrible Hawaiian public toilets that even the locals are ashamed of. We walked around it, looked out a the ocean, and gave it a "been there done that!" I would suggest driving... More 

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Ajax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

interesting history about the russians in Kauai The plaques at the front were very helpful and I would have liked to see more of them in the fort area

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Honolulu, HI
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The view of the beach from here was the best part. Nothing super interesting, read the signs, walk around the dirt walls.. Swing by the bathroom.. And head on out.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Interesting bit of history, but the site itself is in disrepair. There's a parking area with a restroom and informational center, then a road that you can take out to the beach front. The road is extremely rough.

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Birmingham, Michigan
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Do not go out of your way to get here. We only stopped to make sure we were not missing anything on our way back to Poipu from Waimea. There is basically just a 5-6 foot tall rock outline around where a Russian-built fort once stood in the 1800s.

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

It's mildly interesting that there were actually Russians on Kauai in the 1850s. It must have been beautiful. But, the fort is gone and other than reading about a bit of history, there's nothing much to see here.

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Minneapolis, MN
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29 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

It is a nice place to stop and walk down to the beach. The ruins of the fort are pretty overgrown and there isn't a lot to see. You can stay to the right and walk counter clockwise around the fort on a trail or just walk down the road to the beach which has nice views. It's not Disneyland,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The location of the fort has not been restored (nor was it claimed anywhere that it was). This made stopping by here not all that interesting. We stopped here on the way to Waimea Canyon. Views of the ocean were nice though. It could have been an ok spot for picnic lunch.

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