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“Must See for Civil War Buffs”

Fort Delaware State Park
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Center Moriches
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54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Must See for Civil War Buffs”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Caught the ferry at the last minute for a short drive over to the island. When you get to the island you take a tram to the front gates of the fort. There you are met by a guy who gives you a brief history of the island, programs available that day, and explains the "soap and water" you must walk through when you exit. We headed up two flights of stairs to the top of the fort for a cannon reinactment. The guy leading it was so nice in explaining what each "soldiers" job was (yes, they are all dressed Union soldiers) and reassuring the little kids who already had their hands over their ears that he would tell them when they needed to cover their ears. Those kids were smart because it was REALLY loud. I can't imagine what it really sounded like in battle with multiple cannons. After, the "soldiers" we're really nice and took pics with people in front of the cannon. Then we wandered the fort- they have various rooms set up as exhibits, a short movie to watch if you wanted, and another tour to join if you also wanted with a "living history" person. This was a personal trip for me as my G,G, Great Grandfather died here as a Confederate prisoner. I was really honored to see it. You used to be able to take another ferry to NewJersey to the cemetary but Hurricane Sandy ruined their dock and they have not rebuilt yet. There were families and couples there and all seemed to find something they liked. There is free water refill for your water bottle and a small gift shop.

Visited August 2013
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English first
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118 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Great Day with the Family”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

We just got back from a day at Fort Delaware. I cannot say enough good things about this day trip. We took the ferry from Delaware City, Delaware ( an adorable quaint town) to Fort Delaware. $11 for adults and $6 for kids. Well worth the $$ as the staff on the ferry and the fort staff were fantastic. A beautifully maintained Fort with tons to do and what a great walk back in time. Put yourself in the middle of history!

Visited August 2013
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Dover, Delaware
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A must see stop on the East Coast”
Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

History for all ages - we took our 10 year old son and 78 year old parents and all had a great time exploring the fort and island. The short ferry ride set the tone for a memorable day and the staff was outstanding throughout the park, capturing our attention all day. I strongly recommend this trip, even if you just have a couple of hours to spare. With a robust ferry schedule, you can leave on the half hour all day!

Visited August 2013
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Laureldale, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Fort Delaware”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

We visit Forts where we travel all the time. This has got to be one of the most well run forts we have visited. We were lucky enough to get the first ferry to the island and to be able to attend all the timed presentations they offered. When HATS ARE ON, everyone talks in the period that the fort was operating. HATS OFF is when questions are answered in now time. Everyone was very pleasant. They offered water from a cooler and sell soda. Pack a picnic lunch, because you will be there for hours. Rooms contain period furniture and give you a more intresting view of the times. It was 11.00 for the ferry and fort. We got tickets on line to make sure we had a seat for the ferry. Weekends sell out quickly. Well worth the money. You have to walk over a mat when you leave to protect the bats, so be wary to wear flip flops.

Visited August 2013
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A historical journey.”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

I never knew about Fort Delaware until I learned I had a family member imprisoned there during the Civil War. After having seen the fort, this should be on everyone's must see list. It is an impressive monument to out county's past that can only be accessed by ferry. If you do visit you must plan on making it an all day excursion. Be sure to pack a lunch, drinks are available, but be warned you must take all of your trash back off the island.

Visited June 2013
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