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“Rent a water taxi or kayak” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fort Gorges

Fort Gorges
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$475.00*
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Private Lighthouse Sightseeing Charter on a Vintage Lobster Boat
Ranked #58 of 141 things to do in Portland
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Owner description: Abandoned fort on an island in Portland Harbor; visitors should use caution when exploring its grounds.
Seattle, Washington
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619 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“Rent a water taxi or kayak”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is an abandoned old fort that is currently not yet a museum with tours, but you can visit and explore with caution if you can get there. I saw signs in town for fundraisers in hope of opening it up in the future. Some water taxi's will not go there and larger boats have to be careful of the big rocks so plan accordingly!

Visited May 2014
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English first
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“View it from Fort Allen Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

Go to Fort Allen Park on a summer evening for the moonrise over Fort Gorges across the bay. Romantic and beautiful.

Visited April 2014
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Thank SuzanneLouise22
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Long Island, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Nice place to take a kayak out to.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

We kayaked out into the bay to the Fort. It was a nice place to paddle out to and, from there, if you wanted to, you could skip over to Peaks Island as well. Not much at the fort but interesting to walk around and see what it was like. Pretty views from the top of the fort and beach.

Visited August 2013
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2 Thank Pete_LongIsland_NY
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Venice, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Great place to walk and check out the coast line”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

This beautiful park should be walked. The lighthouse is easy to get to and fun to see how they used to operate and live.
the Goddard Mansion is just a shell but the view is awesome. It is For Sale for those who might want to restore a landmark.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Skip T
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Leominster, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A hidden gem in Casco Bay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

If you're not from the area (like us), you need to book a water taxi to visit this island-fort. Not all of them go to Fort Gorges, so keep calling if one of them says no. You'll also need to plan around the tides - if the water is too low, bigger boats can't approach without hitting rocks, and the dock is too high up from the water level. The taxi was $100 round trip, with about 90 minutes on the island. The fort itself is free. Worth every penny!

We (me, wife, 7 & 10 y.o. kids) were alone for most of our time, although we caught glimpses of another family a few times. It's a big fort, with 3 levels and plenty of dark crevices to explore. The fort isn't 100% maintained, so you do need to be careful of missing railings and rotted floors, and it is possible to get hurt. But being able to see a civil-war era granite fort was amazing. We couldn't believe in how good of shape the brickwork was still in.

Visited August 2013
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8 Thank Eric K
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