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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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  • August 12, 2017
    History at your finger tips. Much to see. We enjoyed a sunrise Easter service this year for the first time. What an experience. Beautiful!!!  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Fort Gaines is a nice place for families to learn the history of this place. A leisure stroll with period cannons and the fort itself. Beach is right around the back side and you can fish off of rocks...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Looks impressive from the Beach but I would not pay the price of admission to walk through unless I were a serious history buff.  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    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.
  • July 2, 2017
    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!!
  • May 26, 2017
    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!
  • April 22, 2017
    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.
  • June 23, 2017
    Fantastic history and historical site with highly knowledgeable Staffers and Reenactments. Well worth a visit !

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