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“Little Boy Heaven!”
Review of Fort Pickens

Fort Pickens
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Owner description: Visitors can take a self-guided tour of this authentic fort active during the Civil War and later used as a jail to hold the infamous American Indian chief Geronimo.
Little Rock, AR
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Little Boy Heaven!”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

Ft. Pickens is not to be missed, especially if you've got kids! There is plenty of space to run & explore & be loud. My 7 year old thought the fort was fantastic & so much fun to explore. He loved getting up close to cannons, walking down dark tunnels, & climbing up on the top of the fort.

One warning: beware of the ants & cockleburs. They are everywhere at the fort & you'll likely meet up with them. Other than those issues, we had a blast.

Visited November 2013
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Joplin, Missouri
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Wildlife Abounds”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

We spent a day here at Fort Pickens and the National Seashore. We thought the fort was very interesting but we were fascinated by the local wildlife. We enjoyed watching the cranes. One of them was trying to steal a woman's fish off her line. I found this amusing. The woman with the fishing pole was a little annoyed, I believe. We also so crabs and ghost crabs. We got a first hand look at jellies in and out of the water. It was a beautiful October day and we enjoyed the beauty of God's creation.

Visited October 2013
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Jensen Beach, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
544 reviews
233 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,113 helpful votes
“A Step Back Into Time”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

All alone out there on that peninsula, Ft. Pickens guarded the bay from unwanted attack. One of only three forts not taken by the Confederates during the Civil War, many of the original fortifications are still present. The history of Ft. Pickens extends to the Indians of the west as it became the prison for the famous Apache Chief, Geronimo.

If you have the time, it is a worthwhile visit. There is a museum display, but I wish there was a better movie depicting the history of this famous place. Going through Ft. Pickens is taking a step back into history. And, if you catch a tour, it would be even more worthwhile visiting.

There is a beautiful view of the surrounding area on top of the fort. You can easily see why the fort was built here in 1834. If you are lucky, you may see the Naval planes flying or helicopter maneuvers in the bay with frogman. Anyone with a fascination of the Civil War, this place is a must see.

Visited June 2013
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Panama City, FL
Level 5 Contributor
98 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great visit, so few people though”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

After visiting forts and other federal places in the Baltimore and DC areas, we were worried about hordes of school kids overrunning the place. We visited on this past Friday afternoon and it was quiet, the guy at the gate was really chipper and helpful. The fort is extensive and my husband (not from FL) was surprised it was so old and about the role it played. The self-tour brochure was great, and we got some incredible photos. Just wish there were more selections in the store at the visitor center, we usually like to get tee shirts from each park. I did really like that we could wander and take our time without being rushed on a tour.

Visited October 2013
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Spring, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“3rd Time May be the Charm”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Not the fault of the fort...as it was closed due to govt shutdown. but the 1st time we were here it was closed for the same reason

Visited October 2013
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