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“Best viewed by private boat to taxi”
Review of Fort Gorges

Ranked #36 of 121 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.
Reviewed July 8, 2017

We visited by private boat and enjoyed an hour walking around the small island. Kids need to watched as this fort is not maintained. A good place to sit and watch the boat traffic; especially, the schooner. It can also be seen from the ferry that passes to the Diamond Islands. Typical of the many fort structures that dot the Maine coast.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank James H
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Reviewed June 18, 2017

We visited via kayak on a Friday just before sunset, and there wasn't anyone else there except for us! Such a cool place to romp around and see a unique set of views, but not too far from the mainland.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank linseaweed
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Reviewed May 22, 2017

If you're looking for a quick (1-2 hour) excursion on Portland's Casco Bay, consider hiring a water taxi to take you to the often overlooked Fort Gorges. Located in the center of Portland harbor, it provides unparalled views of Casco Bay. Given the big deal the South makes of Fort Sumter--Fort Gorges, a cousin both in design and construction technique--is a veritable unwanted stepchild. Owned by the city of Portland, it is all but neglected by parks people and concomittantly tourists as well. Nonetheless, its a good spot to enjoy a box lunch purchased from an array of great restaurants in Portland. There are 360-degree water views from the third-story rampart, rooms and ammunition spaces to explore (with flashlight), even a small somewhat sandy beach to dip your toes into the icy Maine waters. Keep in mind there are no rangers to corral you, or handrails to keep you from falling off its cut-granite edges, so general fitness and caution is required. Access is limited to private boats or water taxis. Water taxis can carry up to 6 passengers and charge a flat rate of between $40-$50 each way. Some taxis will only go on a half tide or better so call around. I used a company called Atlantic which will land at any tide and they seemed to be the cheapest. Plan about an hour on island, which gives you enough time to look through first and second story gun turrets, climb the stairs to the top and poke around most of the dark corners. Longer than that and you can kind of feel marooned.

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank orizu
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Reviewed May 10, 2017

Enjoyably, Fort Gorges can be seen from many points of interest along the coasts of Portland and South Portland. Don't bother looking for it on a foggy day; we were unable to visit it during the morning as it was swallowed by fog. Definitely enjoyed seeing it from the many lighthouses we visited. If you stop by Cushing's Point Museum (near Portland Breakwater Light, free admission), there are members of the historical society who have a ton of amazing history to share about this fort's role in Portland's history.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Kristen F
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Reviewed May 9, 2017

Hands down the best part of this tour was the ability to tour it yourself. Once dropped off by a small motor boat, we were given flashlights by our tour guide and told to go ahead and tour the facility as we wished. Couple of steep ledges and drop-offs once inside but nothing too dangerous. I love history so this was cool to see how people lived back in that time and where everybody stayed. Must do/see of you like your history.

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank Anthony R
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