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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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nice day trip

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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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Thank Sheila H
Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Sumner, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You get to Ft. Delaware by taking a ferry from Delaware City. The fort sits in the middle of the river on an island between Delaware and New Jersey. The fort was used during the civil war and several other wars for housing POWs. Volunteers act the part of union soldiers and civilians who worked there during the civil war.... More 

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Bear, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been wanting to go here and experience the Fort itself for years, after going to one of it's Halloween events years ago. Finally got the chance, when my son had a school trip here. Learned a lot of it's history through the re-enactors. They really knew how to play the rolls, making you think you were transported back in time.... More 

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Riverside, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is filed with history and well represented story telling. The trip over to the island is worth the experience as is the time strolling around the mainland before hand to understand the strategic significance and how it came to be. Everything about this area makes it worth a half day diversion.

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Newark, Delaware
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My last visit was a few years ago, and was fabulous -- and I expected at least the same here for their special event. Not so. I missed the spellbinding story tellers, the baking demo, the prisoner of war re-enactors and processing, printing demo, and the all-day Victorian games for children. They did have someone half-heartedly manning the stores room... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my wife had been trying to go to Fort Delaware for months and finally made it on Saturday. If you love history and the Civil War you will love this spot. The ferry across was quick and comfortable and we got to meet a lot of great people. If you go you have to look for "Sarge" (Mr.... More 

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New Castle, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

Visited Fort Delaware after dinner tonight. It was a nice walk along the water. Learn about the history. Delaware City is a quant area to walk with several restaurants and and ice cream parlor.

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