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Address: Portland, ME

Abandoned fort on an island in Portland Harbor; visitors should use caution...

Abandoned fort on an island in Portland Harbor; visitors should use caution when exploring its grounds.

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We've been wanting to go here for years, but my partner hates boats. Captain Carle was very sympathetic and took us over and back as smoothly as possible. He also showed us around... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Burlington, Vermont
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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been wanting to go here for years, but my partner hates boats. Captain Carle was very sympathetic and took us over and back as smoothly as possible. He also showed us around while we were out there. While it's small it's completely awesome. I hope the efforts to conserve and preserve this place are successful.

Thank Irishlazz
Vienna, Austria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice to see it going around it by boat, but it's a shame you cannot land on the small island to visit it !

Thank GorgoVetBart
Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

This crumbly old Civil War-era fort is only accessible by water. We have our own boat, and visit Fort Gorges at least once every summer - my husband will motor in (if tide is right) to let us all leap out of the boat onto the granite perimeter of the fort, and then he'll wait out in the bay until... More 

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Burlington, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Fort gores is only reachable by kayak,canoe or power boat.. Built to protect Portland Harbor in the 1860's, it is worth the effort to get there and see the well preserved fort,

Thank Peter D
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Stopped by the Portland, Maine visitors center first located right next to the cruise ship docks, may even been the cruse terminal. Anyway they have these free local maps that show all the different areas of greater Portland. One thing I stated that I wanted was to take a walk along the water, and was informed all I had to... More 

1 Thank paddler4x
Fryeburg, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I have never been to the fort itself, but the view from the shore is beautiful. Bring the camera and views of it, and if you focus in with the right settings you should be able to get both forts in.

Thank iReadPercyJackson
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This old fort is an easy paddle from the East End Beach and is made of walls with a grassy area in the middle. We go out a few times a summer to spend the day, swim and poke around the old fort. Some people spend the night out there and there are fire remains in a pit on the... More 

Thank Terje C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Maine has a few really cool Forts that make for a great day trip with the kids to explore and learn a little about history. bring a few snacks n drinks in a cooler and a camera and enjoy the outdoors..

1 Thank Bkid43
Gales Ferry, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

It is great to look at, both from the shore and cruising by on boat rides. I wish it was easier to get to to take a look inside like to kayakers do.

2 Thank oompahdave
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is an abandoned old fort that is currently not yet a museum with tours, but you can visit and explore with caution if you can get there. I saw signs in town for fundraisers in hope of opening it up in the future. Some water taxi's will not go there and larger boats have to be careful of the... More 


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