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Review of Fort Barrancas

Fort Barrancas
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Civil War Tour of Pensacola
Ranked #6 of 111 things to do in Pensacola
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Owner description: Located in the Pensacola Naval Station, this is the site of the first U.S. Naval yard that was built in 1821.
Reviewed 2 May 2014

The ranger was very informative as we walked in. The history of this attraction is fascinating. The only problem I had was the steep stairs as I have a bad knee, but it was still worth a stop.

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Reviewed 7 April 2014

Fort Barancas is the Pensacola Naval Air Station...you can look across the inlet from the cannons stationed to protect Pensacola from attack and see Fort Pickins...enemy was challenged on both sides trying to enter Pensacola. The Fort has a well documented film both at Fort Pickens over on Pensacola Beach and Fort Bararancas on the base and the Navy's MUSTIN BEACh where the light house sits.

3  Thank MOONPIE2014
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

If you find yourself near Pensacola (FL) make sure you plan a day for Fort Barrancas. The fort is actually part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, however, it is located on the Pensacola Naval Air Station. Admission to the fort is free, although citizens need to show proper photo ID at the entrance gate.

Fort Barrancas has a fascinating history. A shot fired by a guard at the fort on January 8, 1861 is sometimes considered the very first shot of the American Civil War! The fort and other structures there were built by different groups over time. There is a great deal of history to step into… or see-through… did I mention the Confederate ghost? ;)

The area also consists of the Spanish Water Battery (Bateria de San Antonio) which has an underground passage from the fort. The tunnel section from the fort to the water battery is very dark and steep, so make sure you are wearing sturdy shoes. The fort itself is very dark in sections and you may want to carry a flashlight with you while exploring. The Spanish Water Battery has several steps going up (although you don’t need to climb them to appreciate the view).

There are also trails and a picnic area near the visitor center. And an additional treat is the view at the Overlook of Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island across Pensacola Bay!

A short distance down the road is the Advanced Redoubt. The Redoubt is unique for the time period because it was designed solely for resisting a land-based assault.

Parking at the fort is limited; however, there is a small area dedicated for RV/bus parking. The fort and visitor center is only open on Saturdays. The Advanced Redoubt has more parking and is open daily. Tours of Fort Barrancas and the Advanced Redoubt are scheduled on Saturdays.

1  Thank HS C
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

We traveled here to check out the Fort and history of it, plus fish and picnic. It wasn't super busy, so that was nice. We found a nice beach spot, all to ourselves, and hung out to watch the sunset. Made for a fun day!

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Reviewed 7 March 2014

Shows the great history of the region over time and is a very interesting half day trip, many tunnels and areas to explore.

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