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Fort Gaines

51 Bienville Avenue, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
+1 251-861-6992
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Incredible Historical Site

I was pleased to see the improvements to save this fort that's just feet from the Gulf. The staff... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
rrhone8
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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Not Much Here for $8?

Not too much here for the $8 entrance fee when you can walk around the outside for free. Didn't... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Gary S
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Decatur, Illinois
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A restored fort that dates back to the colonial era.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good38%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“civil war” (48 reviews)
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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"
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"self guided tour"
in 67 reviews
"battle of mobile bay"
in 19 reviews
"love history"
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"history buff"
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"gift shop"
in 34 reviews
"historic site"
in 9 reviews
"own pace"
in 16 reviews
"lots of history"
in 9 reviews
"air conditioned museum"
in 6 reviews
"great stop"
in 7 reviews
"great history"
in 8 reviews
"small museum"
in 8 reviews
"points of interest"
in 6 reviews
"worth a stop"
in 5 reviews
"enjoyed our visit"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was pleased to see the improvements to save this fort that's just feet from the Gulf. The staff is friendly and the museum is pod though I fear many exhibits of the relics are not properly displayed and are suffering from the effects. The...More

Thank rrhone8
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not too much here for the $8 entrance fee when you can walk around the outside for free. Didn't spend the $. Walked to Pelican Point instead.

Thank Gary S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a wonderful time walking through the old fort with the family. The grandkids were just enthralled with stories that their poppy shared about the people who actually lived there.

Thank mommydoll
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Great place to learn more about the Island. It's a little dated, but it's a Fort, after all! They have a gift shop and there's a small admission fee to enter. Worth the visit! (try to go when it's cooler)

Thank RebeccaJJR
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

This was the site of the last confederate stronghold with regard to port cities. It is also, famously, the site of an exchange between union battle ships trying to enter a heavily "mined" Mobile Bay where Admiral David Farragut of the USS Hartford was heard...More

Thank TBeaupre
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Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

We had a great time walking around the Fort with the self-guided pamphlet. It is always great to learn more history of the island and our nation. A fun way to spend a couple hours on the island.

1  Thank runbikeyoga
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

Ft Gains was an interesting place to relive history and watch ships enter Mobile Bay. Gift shop was well stocked with books and souvenirs with knowledgeable staff. The fort was well preserved with lots of cannon and fort masonry.

Thank Cliff T
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

Stay off the grass due to stickers but that is the only complaint. Interesting to see and a great way to spend some time and learn a little history.

Thank paju1452
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Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

This fort was informative and interesting. The breeze and view on the top level is awesome. The staff was friendly and helpful.

Thank Laura R
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

The gift shop here is well stocked and the staff are really nice. The self guided tour of the fort is well mapped out, I suggest following the map as they have it set out, I deviated and realized later it would have been better...More

Thank Booperskp
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I believe a little less that $10. But not sure
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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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