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Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
The well-preserved ramparts of Fort Gaines have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years. Now a historic site, the Fort stands at the eastern tip of Dauphin Island where it commands panoramic views of the bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
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4.6
  • The grand kids loved it our granddaughter loved watching the blacksmith and the grandsons loved going through the tunnels​  more »
  • This fort was well laid out. Great self guided tour with lots of information to read. We took the ferry as walk on passengers for $6 each person. It was a five min walk to the fort from the pier.  more »
  • We visited Fort Gaines during a rainy day but had a great time! The staff was so friendly and accommodating to us and our pets. It was wonderful to have them along and still get to tour this historic ...  more »
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  • Truly enjoyed our visit. The mobile guided visit was detailed and thorough. I would recommend this stop on your trip to anyone of any age who loves to walk and explore.
  • Very well preserved, and pretty much all of it is open to the public. I particulately enjoyed the small museum and exploring the underground structures. Staff was very nice. Dog friendly!!
  • Fort Gaines is awesome to explore and learn about history. We loved it extra because our dog was able to walk around the grounds with us. He loved exploring too!
  • Beautiful and fascinating landmark of American history! Disappointed to learn that they close at 5. They should stay open to sunset in the spring/summer! They are turning away paying visitors to one of the "most endangered landmarks" in the country. Such an important place should have more thought put into its management.
  • Fantastic history and historical site with highly knowledgeable Staffers and Reenactments. Well worth a visit !

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