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Fort Gaines

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Address: 51 Bienville Avenue, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
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+1 251-861-6992

A restored fort that dates back to the colonial era.

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Experience Civil War History Up Close

We Spent the morning exploring the Fort and taking in the History as well as the view of Mobile Bay. This is a great learning experience for children and for History Buffs as... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Darrell W
Mobile, Alabama
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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We Spent the morning exploring the Fort and taking in the History as well as the view of Mobile Bay. This is a great learning experience for children and for History Buffs as well. The Fort is in good shape but there are some areas that could use a little TLC. There was a Blacksmith at the site the day... More 

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Maryland Heights
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our afternoon here. Be ready to walk around in the heat during most of the year here-- It was a hot day, and the museum had some welcome cool air conditioning. I wouldn't tote a small child around who isn't obsessed with history, but anyone who can appreciate learning more about the Civil War, the origin of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

Ft Gaines is smaller than several Civil War forts we have visited, but learning about how the Confederacy "torpedoed" - or maybe as we would say these days, "land mined" Mobile Bay to keep out the Union ships/submarines was very interesting. Also interesting to read about how "Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead" may ... or may not, have been... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

The fort is in pretty good shape for being over 150 years old. You can walk in almost all parts of it. There are buildings in the center of the fort still and the walls are in good shape. There is a walking tour you can take and it's self-guided which is nice. The workers are nice and knowledgeable about... More 

1 Thank Jessica V
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

Although we did not tour this fort, we did stop and look around. It was evident that Fort Gaines was kept up better than Fort Morgan which we toured the day before. We were told it was because Fort Gaines is privately funded. If we had known there were two forts, we would have waited and toured this one but... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

Another Fort, but this one feels more like a tourist trap. Couple of cannons out front. The piece of the ship they found from the storm out front is interesting.

1 Thank ThePCGuy
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

We went to the Fort twice during our visit. First time to tour which was very interesting and worth the $8.00 fee to get in. You are given directions around the Fort with numbers and descriptions of the stops. Second time was for a Renaissance Reenactment. The reenactment seemed a little disorganized and you really couldn't see much of the... More 

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Northwest Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

This is a good place to visit if you like historical sites. The fort is well preserved allowing you to go into several of the buildings. There is a nice small museum with artifacts that help explain the history of the fort. As you walk around the upper part of the fort where the cannons are, you have a nice... More 

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Carbondale, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

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.

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