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

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2016
Irishlazz
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Burlington, Vermont
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Tenants Harbor, Maine
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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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

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Chappaqua, New York
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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 

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Pocono Mountains Region, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 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.

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Thank Lori B
New Castle, New Hampshire
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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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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.

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Goffstown, NH
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43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Ft. Constitution is a lovely place to pop in and visit a historic site with great views of the harbor. That's about it. You will have a very closeup view of Portsmouth Harbor Light because it's RIGHT THERE, but you'd probably need to be further back to really be able to see it well. You have to park and squeeze... More 

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Hibbing, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Not much left of the place, but was interesting to walk around and learn the history. Great views looking out to harbor

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