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“Poor Geronimo...” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fort Barrancas

Fort Barrancas
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$21.99*
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Civil War Tour of Pensacola
Ranked #5 of 104 things to do in Pensacola
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Owner description: Located in the Pensacola Naval Station, this is the site of the first U.S. Naval yard that was built in 1821.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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50 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Poor Geronimo...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

nice to see where the poor guy was imprisoned. Excellent history lesson for you and your kids. Nice fort. Can see some nice wildlife and even porpoises. HOT walk though.

Visited July 2013
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“Very nice fort”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

It is definitively much nicer then Fort Pickens, but there are almost no exhibits to speak of. But if you have time and want to get away from the beach & crowds this place is worth the visit. Plus the NAS is nice, plenty of things to do (museum, light house, etc) it is very easy to spend a whole day here.

Visited September 2013
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Georgia
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34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Not the best, but free!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013

This was not the best fort I have been to, but there was no cost to visit. There were lots of long halls, not much to really see, but the grounds surrounding it are beautiful. Check to see if it is open, because when we went it was only open on Friday, Sat and Sun.

Visited August 2013
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Las Cruces, NM
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89 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“NOT a boring fort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

It's really a shame that this fort is not open seven days a week like it used to be. As others have pointed out, Fort Pickens is open all week; however, there is a fee to get to Fort Pickens and there is not one for Fort Barrancas. There are some wonderful ghost stories about Fort Barrancas, as it is supposedly haunted, and if you go in the afternoon, you can get some beautiful photos of the light coming in through the narrow windows inside the fort. If you can get a guided tour from the park rangers, you will find the fort even more interesting; the rangers really know their stuff and make the fort just come alive. Fort Barrancas is sadly undervalued and is really a very worthwhile visit, as it is in amazingly good condition and has a lot of fascinating history. There's a reason why it's haunted...a soldier unfairly put to death...find out why!

Visited April 2013
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Illinois
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143 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Hidden gem of American History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

Only found out about this from the NAS Pensacola site. Due to sequestration only open Fri-Sun. Important to watch the 11-minute video first and look at the model in the visitor's center. I was impressed with the way that the cannonballs were heated to make them more effective and skipped the water to hit ships' hulls at water level. Not really handicapped accessible due to steep ramps and steps. Tall people will have to duck on the tunnel to the water battery. The brickwork and arches are amazing. Southern occupied fort.

Visited August 2013
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