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Great way to spend the day

Wonderful family attraction. Neat to ride the ferry over and neat to see the Fort. To really see a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Purpledeskee
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Warsaw, Indiana
Well Preserved

As historic forts go Fort Gaines is being kept in good shape for visitors to roam about and get a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
grrprr
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Tallahassee, Florida
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A restored fort that dates back to the colonial era.
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51 Bienville Avenue, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
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+1 251-861-6992
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Wonderful family attraction. Neat to ride the ferry over and neat to see the Fort. To really see a moment in history. Great expierence. We have been there 3 times taking different people there because we liked it so well.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Purpledeskee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Too expensive for what it is. The cheap Christmas decorations detracted from the historical aspect. If you have to choose between Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines, choose Fort Morgan.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank J M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As historic forts go Fort Gaines is being kept in good shape for visitors to roam about and get a good feel for what once was. They provide a well designed brochure with a decent map and informative descriptions for each numbered stop. Like others...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank grrprr
Reviewed December 12, 2018

Everyone in my family enjoyed this (including my 6 and 4 year olds). The brochure gives you a ton of interesting facts for each stopping point. The blacksmith shop was amazing. We loved watching the blacksmith take a bar of metal and turn it into...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sara J
Reviewed December 8, 2018

You can give yourself a self-tour with the map provided. See how these people lived and read the letters on the walls! They allowed my wife and me with our leashed dog. We were very stunned by the history of this fort and its artifacts...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 20, 2018

Makes for a full day to visit Fort Morgan on one side of the bay and the travel across on the ferry to Fort Gaines. A lot of the same history and construction since they both protect opposite sides of the same Mobile Bay.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DanaO_1961
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

History under your feet. At the touch of a hand. Absorbing through sight. You can almost hear the battles, the every day chatter of the previous occupants. I’m awed at the construction. They laid herring bone brick patterns in areas used as barracks. Military quarters....More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank MaryM333
Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

We were there the day the eagle scout who developed the app was being interviewed by the local news. It's a fantastic app and really adds to the experience. It's rumoured to be haunted so take pictures!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank rnjennysue
Reviewed September 23, 2018

The fort is very well maintained and a neat piece of history. Parking was easy and we quickly saw the fort.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mrsburn
Reviewed September 6, 2018

Visited on a boiling hot day in June. Great atmospheric fort that is really well presented. On the day we went it was very quiet with no activities which allowed us to explore the whole site uninterrupted. Well worth a couple of hours if you...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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jenniferbX1444IO
October 18, 2018|
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Response from amoreena82 | Reviewed this property |
We saw it in about 2 hours.
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I believe a little less that $10. But not sure
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Travel Forum Posts
Travel_with_Friends
Houma, Louisiana
Karma Beach House Trip Report 7/04/09-7/11/09 (0 Replies)
Summing it up – our trip to Dauphin Island was awesome and wonderful from the beginning to end. This was the 1st adult family vacation we’ve taken bringing our aging mother with dementia with us. What memories we all made. The Karma beach house is quite wonderful, well stocked and well appointed. You have about anything you’d need. We brought most of our own food to the island as groceries are limited and expensive. We did shop at Greer’s Food store about 15 miles north of the island once....More
July 15, 2009|
Erica P
Sugar Hill, Georgia
Bike Rentals/Ferry (2 Replies)
Does anyone know if the ferry/Gulf Shore bike rental companies permit renters to take bikes from Gulf Shores/Ft. Morgan over to Dauphin Island on the ferry? Or conversely, are there bike rentals on DI located near the ferry point? We want to explore DI beyond the Sea Lab and Fort Gaines (which appear to be in walking distance of the ferry), but don't want to take our car due to cost and plus bikes seem more fun.
May 04, 2015|
Response fromAlBeachFan|
That's a great idea! The pedestrian round trip ticket of $5 (children under 12 are free) includes bicycles. I would think the bike rental places would not have a problem with it as many bikers like to visit DI that way - but call them to confirm (Infinity Bicycles or Beach Bike Rentals in Orange Beach). The Sea Lab and Fort Gaines are within walking distance of the ferry on DI. Another fun place to ride bikes are the Back Country Trails between Gulf State Park and Orange Beach.
44statesandcounting
Westchester, NY
Day trip from New Orleons to Mobile, Alabama (8 Replies)
Coming to New Orleans for 5 days in April. We want to rent a car and take drive using the coastal roads from New Orleans to Mobile, Alabama and then back to New Orleans same day. Want advice on what to see along the way. Thought of visiting Jefferson Davis House in Biloxi and vist Fort Gaines and Daughin Island in Mobile. Any other must sees?
March 20, 2009|
Response fromElusive_Blue|
Westchester: Driving from New Orleans to Mobile Ala., approx. 150 miles if you do it alont I-10. If however you elect driving along portions of Hwy 90, it will take a little longer with the decreased speed limits imposed thereon. If you visit the Home of Jefferson Davis, you will need to exit I-10 and head to the coastal route of Hwy 90. This will consume some time. Bellengrath Gardens is a time consuming spot to visit, and is mostly about what you would expect, the flowers and a history...More