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Fort Mifflin

Island and Hog Island Rds., on the Delaware River near Philadelphia Int'l Airport, Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-685-4165
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Ranked #125 of 288 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Minutes from Center City, Fort Mifflin is the country's only completely intact Revolutionary War battlefield. Living history reenactments and lovely... more » Owner description: Minutes from Center City, Fort Mifflin is the country's only completely intact Revolutionary War battlefield. Living history reenactments and lovely picnic grounds make it a favorite hideaway of locals. « less
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Southampton, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

It's hard to properly evaluate, since they were technically not open when we visited. There just happened to be a lady in the office who was kind enough to let us in anyway. I'd like to think that on a normal day they either do guided tours or at least have people around to provide historical information. We were limited... More

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Middletown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Hidden down in the Tinicum swamps is the historic Fort Mifflin. The fort was instrumental in the defense of Philadelphia during the American Revolution and was in active service into the 20th century. The fort is owned by the City of Philadelphia and is definitely showing its age (which is considerable!) but that doesn't detract from the experience. Full of... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Went to Pirate Day at Fort Mifflin August 16, 2014. Fun re-enactment of a pirate siege at the fort, lots of activities during the day - scavenger hunt, concert, guided tours. Interesting site with lots of history. Re-enactors were very knowledgeable about the fort and its role in history. Want to go back for the candlelight ghost tour in October!

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Very unique experience. Cool to see a site that helped gain our independence. We loved that the entire site was self guided and we could access at our own pace. Some buildings were closed off which was a bummer but still worth checking out. My favorite parts were the underground encasements. I bet kids would really like that part. The... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Lived here my entire life and only recently made a visit here, if you are into war history its a must visit. Its a shame this place doesn't get more attention though, many of the buildings are boarded up and beginning to fall apart it would be great to see them restored to their original state someday. Bring a flashlight... More

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Willow Street
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Built by the British before the Revolutionary War, the American patriots used it as a key defense against the British in late 1777. Although eventually having to evacuate the fort, the Americans thwarted the British from quickly establishing themselves in Philadelphia following their victory at the Battle of the Brandywine, September 11, 1777. The fort continued in service through the... More

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Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Interesting fort near the airport that was British-built for the Colonies but captured by American Revolutionary War units and eventually evacuated under bombardment by the British. Half the buildings are being restored but the others can be visited. Called "mud island" for good reason.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Fort Mifflin was close to our hotel so we decided to check it out. It's just like other Revolution era forts. It felt as though it was beginning to fall into disrepair.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Hubby and I participated in one of the Friday night paranormal investigations at the fort. We had such a good time. We went during January, and perhaps because it was so cold and snowy we only had a small group of fellow ghost hunters. This worked out great because we were able to investigate certain locations alone (still within the... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

If you enjoy history, this is a great place to visit. The best time to see it, is when they have the events with reinactors there. The location is a bit out of the way, but there is a lot to learn about, the history is fascinating and the importance of the Fort in history is huge. I recomend stopping... More

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