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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, Cultural
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Type: Historic Sites, State Parks, Cultural
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Minneapolis, MN
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110 reviews 110 reviews
28 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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Surrey, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This was on our tourist map as an attraction and we searched for it but it was just ruins of a fort and a notice board not really worth seeking out

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PA
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5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

There are a lot of rocks and a small trail. There are a lot of campers and a rocky beach. If you climbed the rocks, you can snap a nice picture of the beach!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

As an aside, when we visited the fort sit, we saw several turtles right by the beach where a small stream enters the ocean.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The views are nice, but to read the story takes longer than looking at the stone walls. If you are driving by, great stop, not one to go out of your way for

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Novato CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a very small historical site but it is still worth a turn off the highway. There is a very informative kiosk that is very informative.

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Burnaby, Canada
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58 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 via mobile

Not much happening here. Just a large open area. Grassy, bushy and Cornelius's are roaming around. Not much culture or sacred land. Walk a bit down to the beach area, you'll come to an ok beach view.

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Reedsburg, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

After you read the sign walk through and then come back and retread the sign. It will put it all together and you can really see how everything was laid out then. We've been by it many times and I'm glad we stopped this time.

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Coupeville, Washington
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

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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