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Address: 51 Bienville Avenue, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Phone Number: 2518616992
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A restored fort that dates back to the colonial era.

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Exceptional view into history

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
MarkUSNA1998
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Ramona, California
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Ramona, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Buford, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We frequent Dauphin Island 2-3 times a year. We went to Fort Gaines the first time we went there and when we take new people down there......we always have to show them the Fort. ITS HOT in the summer!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was raining and storm in area---could not spend much time but will definitely return sometime to see it.

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Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had fun exploring the Fort. We got to the Fort maybe an hour before it Closed. It was the third fort we visited that day. It was the easiest to get around. Nicely marked on the map and numbered stops. The cannons were cool.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not so much to see but an interesting stop in history if we truly read all panels. Probably a bit too expensive for a self guided tour with a piece of paper.

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Chelsea, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took two 11 year olds here and we all enjoyed learning some Alabama history. We went in August and the heat nearly did us in. But there are a few spots with A/C, which was nice. There was a man in the blacksmith shop but at the time we walked through he wasn't doing a demonstration. The tour map/pamphlet was... More 

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Bay Minette, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fort Gaines is a well-preserved Civil War fort that was occupied by the US military up through WWII. Visitors can see parts of the fort that were added to aid in the Spanish-American War as well as WWII. Reenactments and living history are ongoing year round and the staff is very knowledgeable. The on-site museum is very educational.

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Green Valley, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fort Gains is a great place for Civil War Buffs, and is at the very Eastern end of Dauphin Island. Admission is $8 for adults. The exterior makes for good photos.

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Montevallo, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ft Gaines is a neat place for all the history buffs. There is some things that need some up keep or work on to improve. Like storing the lumber and stuff that they are using. It should be hidden on the property since that had areas locked. Over all it is nice place Adults $8.00, children $4.00 and 4 and... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Dauphin Island via the Mobile Bay Ferry to visit the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and as a bonus for dad (me) my family suffered through a tour of historic Fort Gaines. It was a bit pricey for the short time we spent at the Fort, and if your family isn't necessarily interested in Civil War history, then this... More 

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