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“A Walk Back in Time”
Review of Fort Pickens

Fort Pickens
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Owner description: Visitors can take a self-guided tour of this authentic fort active during the Civil War and later used as a jail to hold the infamous American Indian chief Geronimo.
Centreville, Alabama
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A Walk Back in Time”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

This is one the best preserved forts I have seen in a long time. Very beautiful. I do wish they had a little more reinactment decor so you could see what life was like then. However the cannons were very cool, and the info provided was very educational. This place was great for any history or war buff, and even those that have an affection for the past. I will tell you wear sneakers and not sandals though. And be sure to go to the museum that will tell you all about the local marine life on the seashore. This Fort is a National Park and they have several public beaches on the way to the fort. They are very clean and beautiful. Also the fee for entrance to the park is good for seven days so you can use to access the beaches for another seven days. It is also good for Johnson Beach which is also part of the National Park Seashore. Very worth it.

Visited June 2014
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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“HIstory-Beach-Blue Angels”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

It has it all! Went through the fort and climbed up and saw where the cannons were at. Amazed at how much work went into making the fort. Walked out on bay side in the sand - looked at the gulf. We would have done more but the waters weren't safe that day. Went back on Tuesday and sat on cement ledge by the pier and had fron row seats to watch the blue angels fly by!

Visited June 2014
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Colorado
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Perfect fun”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

So, here is a tip. Make a day of this. Take all your beach gear and even camping gear and spend sometime with this one. The beaches are phenomenal and allow overnight camping (think campfire, etc. ) totally cool. On your way to the fort, stop and allow the kids to climb all over the old gun emplacements facing the ocean (its totally cool and looks like something out of jurasic park when you get to the door side of the gun housings. Huge steal doors, cement walls, tons of overgrowth, it screams fun and adventure.

The fort is great and you can spend hours exploring, climbing, staring and picture taking. There is a Junior Ranger program, the kids take a test and earn a patch. Very cool little oath to take care of nature and pass on what you learn with it.

This is a must do in the area. Well worth the drive from Perdido Key.

It was 8 bucks for a family of four in a sedan btw.

Visited June 2014
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Sylvania, Ohio, USA
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
“Great historical fort”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

It is interesting to take a walk back in time to see this historical fort. The grounds provide an lovely view of the bay as well. We enjoyed the self-guided tour as well as the documentary that can be viewed while seated in the fort. Great place for people of all ages to learn about the area.

Visited April 2014
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new york
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211 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“interesting”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Good views from the top. Interesting historically, although not really used in battle. It is well maintained, and a nice activity when you have had enough of sittting on the beach. Good for children - they seemed to like to run around there!

Visited May 2014
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