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“A must-see if you're visiting the Harbor Islands...”
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Fort Warren
Ranked #163 of 383 things to do in Boston
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Owner description: Built in 1852, the fort served as a prison for captured Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.
Hagerstown, Maryland
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“A must-see if you're visiting the Harbor Islands...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2011

Fort Warren is located on Georges Island in the Boston Harbor Islands. The ferry ride from Boston to Georges Island was about 30 min and provided some amazing views of Boston and the surrounding areas. The fort itself is a former Civil War fort that was used for various purposes throughout its existence. Now the fort is almost completely open to the public. You can walk through most of the fort, including the old barracks, down dark and narrow passages, climb tall, winding staircases, walk along the battlements, and everywhere in between. The top of the fort provides some amazing views of the Boston area and the other harbor islands. There’s a lot to do and see here. We spent about 2 hours exploring the fort, but you could easily make a day of it if you wanted to have a picnic and relax and enjoy the views. We had a lot of fun exploring the fort and would recommend it to anyone interested in history or just interested in getting away for a day and visiting a beautiful harbor island.

Visited October 2011
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New Bedford
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“You can almost hear the voices of the soldiers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2011

The boat trip to Georges Island from Boston is dazzling on a late summer afternoon. Leaving the towering skyscrapers of the city and the old stone buildings near the boat packed piers you start to turn the clock back.
The huge granite fortress is an impressive sight as the boat passes by islands to the historic Fort Warren.
When you arrive be prepared to take in the glory of this fort where thousands of Confederate soldiers were held during the Civil War. There are plaques galore informing visitors of the importance of the various sections of the fort.
I have lived in this region most of my life and this was the first time I visited this special place. This is a must for history buffs or those who would rather go back to the 19th century than the cell phone, texting infestation that is life today.

Visited September 2011
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Hartford, Connecticut
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“An interesting historical military landmark. Worth a visit BUT come prepared...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2009

Fort Warren is on Georges Island in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park system. I went here in July of 2008 with my boyfriend and found it to be a good... and more relaxing "historical-tourist-option". The fort seemed huge and had various signs/plaques posted for you to read about the history of the place and learn what the rooms were.

It seems like a good place for a picnic as there were picnic tables and a few charcoal grills in one area. There was also a snack bar. As we made our way inside the forts' center there were even people playing soccer (with no nets). I don't recall seeing trash barrels though so whatever trash you create, prepare to carry it with you off the island. But one of the things that I did find interesting was that they had solar-powered port-o-potty's on the island!

We were rushed going through the fort because we wanted to see all we could before catching our scheduled ferry back to the mainland so plan your ferry departure time accordingly because you could easily spend at least 2 hours exploring this place. We do plan to take a trip back here since we were rushed, but as another reviewer mentioned--bring a flashlight! But be sure to bring a GOOD flashlight! I had brought this little one that certainly wasn't powerful enough, a good bright Maglight should do the trick because there are many dark corridors and rooms that I wouldn't dare try to explore without one.

I too, found it sad to see the fort in bad shape. However there was a sign posted to the entrance of the island at the time saying there was work-in-progress and that the island was undergoing improvements to restore historic paving, new orientation signage, new septic & water, as well as new fort failings. So I can only hope the Fort will receive the repair it needs. It's a pretty cool retreat from the city. Definitely pack a backpack with water and snacks you think you'll need along with that flashlight I mentioned, as it's worth checking out.

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“Love the islands”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2006

The fort and the Boston Harbor Islands are a great way to spend a couple of hours or the whole day. The winter cruises being offered allow you to see seals and other wild life.

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“Great picnic area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2003

The Fort is a great place to have a picnic or relax with friends on a summer day. There's a lot to see but not much around in terms of signs ("what am i looking at?") There's a new guidebook available in the consession stand that looks like it would be a fun read for history buffs

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