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Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island

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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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  • 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 coo...  more »
  • 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 w...  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • A great place to visit. take the family or even a romantic date. Great upkeep. Take a nice walk on the beach and relax
  • Really historical place worth seeing. It is sad that this historical place gets no gov. funding to help support it because there are a lot of improvements that could be made. But really good place. Did not give 5 stars due to the improvements that could be made like updating what few points of interest markers and add more so people have a better understanding what they are looking at.
  • Great piece of history to see. It makes your imagination go wild trying to put your self back to the time it was in use
  • So cool, so much history. Very much enjoyed the blacksmith
  • Loved it! Planning to bring our grandkids. Reasonable price, beautiful views, the staff was friendly and courteous. The souvenir shop was also reasonably priced.

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