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Address: South Portland, ME
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Beautiful view!

This site is a little small, yet the history behind it is very interesting! The site is very accessible by wheelchairs, except for the lighthouse... very rough walk along the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Doug R
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West Jordan, Utah
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Greene County, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've visited this site numerous times, over the past 5 years, the latest being in May of 2016. It is adjacent to the Portland Head Lighthouse. For the history buff, it's a great freewalk at your own leisure to see the remnants of that fort. You can see where munitions were stored, where troops were billeted and the general layout... More 

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West Jordan, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This site is a little small, yet the history behind it is very interesting! The site is very accessible by wheelchairs, except for the lighthouse... very rough walk along the jetty.

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Thank Doug R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

This is a beautiful setting on an old military installation and current community college. It can be explored as part of a visit to Bug Light Park, Willard Beach and the Greenbelt Walking path.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

It is a pretty small site but still worth visiting. Wonderful views of the ocean and nearby casco bay islands. Parking can be tight but you can use public transportation and be dropped off very nearby.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Talk to the lady at the gift stand. She was the best part of the place. We were too timid to try the breakwater walk on those huge pieces of rock with gaps to step over. First rock you step on rocks. Beware! Ask the gift shop lady about the Germans landing near here in WWII to get groceries.

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I went to view the parade of the tall ships coming into the Portland Harbor this week and wasn't disappointed. Not only can you walk around the area of the Fort, you can see the Spring Point Lighthouse, bike, visit the campus of Southern Maine Community College, picnic, and for me, take wonderful photographs of the harbor, the Portland Skyline,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A central feature of the Spring Point Shoreway, the remains of Fort Preble form an architecturally interesting backdrop for a leisurely stroll along Casco Bay with stunning views of Maine's famed islands and Spring Point Light, one of few lighthouses regularly open to the public.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Although not staffed with docents, Fort Preble is interesting-enough to warrant a visit on an outing to view lighthouses in the Greater Portland area. It is located adjacent to Spring Point Ledge Light and has Portland Harbor Museum within its boundaries on the campus of Southern Maine Community College. So, you get three attractions on this one stop; and, that... More 

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South Portland, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Located on the grounds of Southern Maine Community College. See the granite walls, the locations where cannons once protected Portland Harbor. Look across the harbor to Fort Gorges, and House Island (Fort Trammel), or south towards Portland Headlight that George Washington ordered to be built. During the Civil War, and early wars, 32 pound cannons protected the harbor. No, the... More 

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New England, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

It's beautiful here. Things to do: picnic Sketch, photograph Jump small waves Throw rocks in water Explore old fort remnants Fly kites Snorkel Visit the lighthouse Play frisbee, wiffle ball, tag, etc (BYOToys) Excellent spring, summer, fall outing AND its FREE!

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