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Amazing

A beautiful place to go! We kayaked with a group and saw not only a historic landmark, but also a... read more

Reviewed July 27, 2018
Glenn W
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Wonderful tour!

Had a personal tour given by friendsoffortgorge.org. wonderful people, wonderful tour! Highly... read more

Reviewed June 19, 2018
Kathy T
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Reviewed October 1, 2017

Cool fort. Closed inside for renovations. Awesome to see by boat or long lens. Don't miss this hidden gem.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Laura N
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Reviewed September 11, 2017

Fort Gorges is the perfect example of governmental waste. It took 54 years to build it and by then, the cannon purchased for the fort were out of date. They were fired once, and the fort was never manned. Today it is covered in foliage...much of which is poison ivy. Even with all of that, if you love old forts, you need to at least see this one from afar.

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank Dajo43
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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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