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Fort Delaware State Park

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Address: Pea Patch Island, Ferry Departs from 45 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE
Phone Number: 302 834 7941
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Fun living history experince

The fort sits in the middle of the Delaware river and served as a prison during the US civil war. They often have living history days which are the best. But even if all the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
sdoggett
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Newark, Delaware USA
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Newark, Delaware USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The fort sits in the middle of the Delaware river and served as a prison during the US civil war. They often have living history days which are the best. But even if all the reenactors aren't there it's a magnificent fort and the wildlife walk around the island is fun.

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mt pleasant, sc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The living history play acting of union soldiers processing some new Confederate soldiers was entertaining and made it more interesting. it was educational to walk around and talk to the reenactors stationed at various places and learn how much a laundress, a cook, and soldiers and officers got paid and what kind of work load they had. The firing of... More 

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Clements, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed our visit to this state park. the nice little ferry ride was enjoyable. We happened to go on a weekend that had reenactments which made the visit even more enjoyable. Even though it was extremely hot that day, I still enjoyed the visit

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Thank Anne K
Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You have to take a ferry out (you can reserve tickets), which a great was to get a feel for the place and location. The park staff gives a like overview. Character actor tell you about different parts of the fort. Good afternoon or morning trip. Don't go to near closing, give yourself plenty of time.

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Thank DGoat
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome and amazing part of American history! A lot of cool and spooky tunnels and amazing view and boat ride over!

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New Holland, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Even though it was a scorching hot day we decided to check this place out and I must mention that there's not much in the way of shade so take that into consideration. Aside from the sun it was an enjoyable trip. You take a ferry from Delaware city over to the island where rein-actors treat you to the history... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

we visited this Fort during a day trip from Philadelphia. The $12 admission fee covered the 15 minute ferry ride across the river to the island. There was a short film and model of the fort at the visitor center inside the fort. The characters at the fort were dressed and played like it was 1864 and some were pretty... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

...beginning with a boat trip over to the island. It is quite educational and I personally found it interesting. There is a timetable of low(ish) key events such as loading and firing a cannon, blacksmithing, laundering etc. Actors role play as soldiers, smiths, laundresses and ladies. We were able to relate to them and ask questions as if it was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Take the ferry ride to Pea patch Island. Walk around by yourself, or take timed tours. Fact tellers dress in character from 1864.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Nice day trip. Scenic boat ride & river views. Adults enjoyed history lesson, while my son enjoyed learning about the resident bats. I wish I left the baby at home because there are no changing tables to trash cans in bathrooms

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