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Fort Gaines

51 Bienville Avenue, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
+1 251-861-6992
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Fun windy day

The ferry closed for the day due to the wind and big waves so we went to the fort instead. Usually... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
missie1972
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Warsaw, Indiana
Civil War site

The tour is self guided with a brochure that is given at the admissions counter. The brick... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ben T
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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A restored fort that dates back to the colonial era.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good39%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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51 Bienville Avenue, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
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+1 251-861-6992
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"civil war"
in 51 reviews
"self guided tour"
in 68 reviews
"battle of mobile bay"
in 19 reviews
"love history"
in 15 reviews
"history buff"
in 14 reviews
"gift shop"
in 35 reviews
"own pace"
in 16 reviews
"lots of history"
in 9 reviews
"air conditioned museum"
in 6 reviews
"great history"
in 8 reviews
"points of interest"
in 6 reviews
"great stop"
in 7 reviews
"worth a stop"
in 5 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 7 reviews
"take your time"
in 5 reviews
"ferry ride"
in 6 reviews
"blacksmith"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The ferry closed for the day due to the wind and big waves so we went to the fort instead. Usually history is not my thing....but I loved it! It was really neat to walk and we got to watch a real blacksmith make handles....More

Thank missie1972
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour is self guided with a brochure that is given at the admissions counter. The brick structure is impressive and the significance of this fort during the Civil War is portrayed. On site parking is available and there is a small gift shop.

Thank Ben T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is fun to explore this large fort. The history is well told throughout. The brickwork makes for amazing photos.

Thank Allen0116
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This fort that witnessed the Civil War is well maintained. But.... It may be lost to mother nature since the beach is being eroded away. This is a must visit piece of history. If you visit this fort on the same trip with a visit...More

Thank femmechaude
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Fort Gaines on Daulphin Island on a beautiful day. This is a cool, historic fort on the beach. This is a must if your on Daulphin Island.

Thank Adam A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed touring this fort. My husband loves going to forts around the US, so we always make a point to visit one when on vacation. No guided tours, but not really necessary anyway. You can use your smartphone for mini tour, but we didn’t...More

Thank BeachLovinMama5
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The fort was historic and beautiful and the views of the ocean were amazing! I would be cautious with kids though. It was a little foggy on the day we went and some of the twirly stairs were slippery. It takes about 1 hour to...More

Thank Samantha P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The whole family enjoyed the self-guided tour. We have also been there for a living history demonstration that was wonderful.

Thank jlw2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were traveling to Mobile, like history, and decided to take a detour to Fort Gaines. We spent two or three hours exploring the fort, learned a bit, and had a good time.

Thank Kevin032452
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Fort Gaines was an interesting spot to visit, but similar to other forts around the country. It is showing some "wear and tear", such as signage needing to be replaced, etc. But if you are on the island, I recommend stopping by. It is what...More

Thank Peg W
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Response from Sherri W | Reviewed this property |
I believe a little less that $10. But not sure
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18 April 2015|
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According to Dog friendly. Com, dogs are allowed on grounds if on leash and cleaned up after.
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