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Address: Island and Hog Island Rds., on the Delaware River near Philadelphia Int'l Airport, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone Number: 215-685-4165
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Minutes from Center City, Fort Mifflin is the country's only completely...
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.
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Good short historical tour

Adult children from out of town were visiting and wanted to do something interesting. I picked Fort Mifflin. There was hesitancy about going but everyone enjoyed the experience... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Adult children from out of town were visiting and wanted to do something interesting. I picked Fort Mifflin. There was hesitancy about going but everyone enjoyed the experience. We went on a week day in April so not a lot of others, but maybe 20 other people, were there. The fort had an interesting history, great architecture and a nice... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

You are literally on your own. There are little or no form of audio tour, placards or signs. Artifacts are rare and lighting is poor. This is a very cool place, but lacks severely as a tourist spot.

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Southampton, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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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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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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81 reviews 81 reviews
31 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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137 reviews 137 reviews
53 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
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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