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

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nice views

Good place to visit while touring the island. Nice views. Can see the lighthouse but not walk up to it.

Reviewed February 22, 2017
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107 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2017

Good place to visit while touring the island. Nice views. Can see the lighthouse but not walk up to it.

Thank BostonEngineer
Goshen, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed January 13, 2017

I came to see the Lighthouse and was pleasantly surprised to have an old fort to explore too. There are little signs all around explaining what things are, as said in other reviews there is limited information but you do get a good idea of what went on here. This is a active Coast Guard Base so be aware. well... More 

Thank Bob F
New Freedom, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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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 

Thank TNharleychick
Hagerstown, Maryland
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171 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
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.

Thank youthtripplanner
New Hampshire
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64 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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 

Thank Enjoynodebt
Tenants Harbor, Maine
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47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
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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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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