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Address: 51 Bienville Avenue, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Phone Number: 2518616992

A restored fort that dates back to the colonial era.

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First time I have done a history tour. I really enjoyed it. It was a self guided tour. That is nice cause you can take your time. They have it all opened up so you can really... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Ashly A
Carbondale, Illinois
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Carbondale, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

First time I have done a history tour. I really enjoyed it. It was a self guided tour. That is nice cause you can take your time. They have it all opened up so you can really explore. I enjoyed the blacksmith.

Thank Ashly A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're on the island, swing by. If not, probably not worth the extra trek from Mobile unless you're doing this with some other visits on the island.

Thank Breana M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great visit, clean, friendly staff, great fun for the kids. Price is decent and the view is spectacular.

Thank Khiatt85
Prattville, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed touring the fort. It is very well kept and interesting. It is a self guided attraction and the give you a pamphlet of information as you enter. There are number points of interest and information about each point is listed on the pamphlet. I'd rather see signage than have to keep up with the pamphlet. Overall, we like... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The last trip we toured Fort Morgan, so this time we took the ferry across to Dauphin Island to tour Fort Gaines and look around the island. It was a good day trip. There is not a lot of difference between the two forts, although Fort Gaines does have a blacksmith working onsite. It was in the mid 80s degrees... More 

Thank Laurasusie
New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a well preserved piece of Civil War history and a great educational experience. Museum is filled with fascinating memorabilia. $8 for adults. Printed guide but audio guide available on website.

1 Thank Martin B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So glad I went! We are down here for a field trip with 6th graders. The guide was FANTASTIC! I LOVE that he was in period dress!

Thank cmb3116
Dauphin Island, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This is a must see when you visit Dauphin Island!!! The best Blacksmith on site!!!! They have Fabulous Reenactment Days. A lot of history!!!!! Also everyone is so nice that works there.

Thank Nancy C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

Although we did not have time to tour the inside of the Fort, we did stop in the gift shop. The lady inside was very friendly and informative. Would go back and tour the fort at a later date.

Thank Chris F
Ramona, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

To begin, the state is a private venture so they charge $8 for adults and $4 for kids, but it is well worth it for the chance to see this kind of history. Fort Gaines is one of three forts guarding the entrance into Mobile Bay, and lots of the original architecture is still present. Unlike Fort Conde in Mobile,... More 

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