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“Great views, peaceful seacoast setting.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fort Stark State Historic Site

Fort Stark State Historic Site
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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312 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“Great views, peaceful seacoast setting.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

This is a low-key attraction. If you like being on the seacoast, watching birds, enjoying a picnic or hunting geocaches then this park will meet your needs. We love it.

Visited August 2013
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Greenland, New Hampshire
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“Not for kids”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Fort Stark is the best remaining example of an early 20th century coastal fortification on the New Hampshire Seacoast thanks to benign neglect. Because of this, it is inadvisable to bring younger children to this site, which is full of crumbling concrete bunkers. The site is usually closed, but there is a small museum that is open on occasion.

Like other forts, it does offer fine views of the waters around it, the entrance to Portsmouth Harbor to the northern side, the Atlantic to the east, and Little Harbor to the south and southwest, so it would be of interest for photographers or nature lovers looking for something well off the beaten path.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank John H
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United States
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“Quiet Public Park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

Been to the Fort Stark site a couple of times and its always a scenic and peaceful place to stroll about. The fort dates back over 100 years but was made redundant after WWII and now is a park. There is a small parking area for a dozen or more cars. While that area has always been open when I have visited I understand at times it is closed off. If you park on the street and are not a New Castle (town) resident with a sticker it will result in a parking fine.

Entrance if free. There are self guided pamphlets on the large sign in the parking area. You can climb upon some of the remains and over to the water. The part of the facility that dates from around WWI is chained off as its unsafe. Nice that this has been preserved as a public use area. As not many people visit here its also a great place to have some privacy as well.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank vb22
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259 reviews
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“Run down so badly that you can only go in a small area if you dare.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

This would be a fantastic attraction if only it could be refurbished. The main building of the Fort is closed off the the public. We were told that the floor could cave in. Although, there is one part that you could walk into, if you dare to. No lights and dark and scary. But if you go around the Fort to the beach side the view is very beautiful. You have to walk on rocks as there is no beach there
The Fort was built to look like a battleship and used to blow up mines in the Piscataqua River. It would be great is the Park Commission would take some time to fix it up some so you could tour it
Most importantly there is no parking there until summer. They open a very small parking lot. The police WILL give you a $25 fine if you park in a no parking area there, even in the winter. We happen to walk from the Hotel we were staying at, The Wentworth by the Sea.
Do so see it though as it is part of the history of New Hampshire. My husband loves to go and look around.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Paula H
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New Hampshire
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“Cozy and off the usual trail”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2012

very nice for someone who has not lived on the coast as I have all my life. To me it is average. I was looking for sea glass and did find some

Thank Hollydorinakita
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