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Address: Route 1B, U.S. Coast Guard Station, New Castle, NH

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Interesting site, but minimal info

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Hagerstown, Maryland
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Enjoynodebt
Tenants Harbor, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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

Thank KLHS
Burlington, Vermont
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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

Thank Irishlazz
Chappaqua, New York
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45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Daniel C
Pocono Mountains Region, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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.

Thank Lori B
New Castle, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016

This fort is arguably where the first hostilities of the American Revolution took place, five months before the better-known battles at Concord and Lexington, Massachusetts, some 60 miles distant. The Revolitionary War actually began in December 1774 when a group of colonists, prompted by Paul Revere's ride to Portsmouth the day before, overpowered the British garrison at Fort William &... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016

This place is located in the Coast Guard station. Not many parking spaces but we were the only ones there at that time. This is a beautiful fort right on the water right next to Portsmouth Harbor Light. It was first built in 1631 and it has an interesting history.

Thank deniselamb

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