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Address: Route 1B, U.S. Coast Guard Station, New Castle, NH
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How knew there were so many forts on the East Coast?

This was a piece of WWII history we didn't know about. Submarine nets across the harbor, mines, we didn't know. It was interesting to walk around, but not kept up well. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 17, 2016
Marie H
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New Freedom, Pennsylvania
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New Freedom, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This was a piece of WWII history we didn't know about. Submarine nets across the harbor, mines, we didn't know. It was interesting to walk around, but not kept up well. The grass is cut, but even the flag pole has old tangled rope and no Flag. In one dark room you can find old informational signs stored, what I... More 

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Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

While on our trip up the east coast to see lighthouses, we had to go through Fort Constitution to access one on our list. We easily found it by the GPS on our cell. Fort Constitution is located on an ACTIVE Coast Guard Station. Just follow the signs. Parking is free and visiting the fort is free. As you start... More 

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

If you love forts, this one is interesting as the second system fort is still "inside" the incomplete third system fort. It was not completed. Very little signage and limited places to explore.

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New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

Have been coming here for years, and I usually bring guest here from out of town because of the historic significance of the Fort, and best of all it won't cost you anything to enter. The fort is co-located with an active Coast Guard station so make sure you walk the blue line in from the parking lot and don't... More 

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Tenants Harbor, Maine
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

We first saw Fort Constitution from the water on a harbor cruise and thought it would be a good place to visit to find out more about the site. Wrong. It is rather intimidating to have to walk on the blue line to access the grounds of the fort. As you enter the Fort there is one sign that designates... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

A little bit of history on military grounds -- free to visitors --- follow the blue line to get to the actual site --- short and interesting boards on the history of the site

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Burlington, Vermont
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

A little creepy being under surveillance while you're walking into the park, but it's military so what you expect. It's a very small place, and we couldn't access the lighthouse, so that was a bummer. But we're glad we went all the same

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Chappaqua, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

I went to Fort Constitution expecting to learn of its historical significance. It is located on the grounds of an active Coast Guard installation so make sure you don't wander from the visitor's authorized area. Apparently this fort was seized from the British in 1774 why or how, is not explained, nor is the function and history of the maintenance... More 

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Pocono Mountains Region, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

Interesting stop for history lovers and those interested in wartime buildings and fortresses. The area is pretty open with no shade, so be sure to put on protection from the sun. It's also a bit odd to reach in that you go through Coast Guard property to access it which made it feel a bit forbidding. I wish there had... More 

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Waco, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2016

We stopped here for a picnic lunch on a long road trip. It was pleasant, but nothing super exciting. There are no picnic tables, so we sat on the rocks overlooking the ocean, so that was neat. Nice place for the kids to run around and get some exercise after sitting in the car a long time.

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