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Fort Fisher State Historic Site

Closed Now: 09:00 - 17:00
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Historic Gem

We stayed in Carolina Beach and were looking for something to do. Since we enjoy history, we chose... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Matthews, North Carolina
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This place is nearly at the end of the road. If you make it here, continue on to the Aquarium... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
New Orleans, Louisiana
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At the dawn of the American Civil War, the Confederacy took control of land in southeastern North Carolina near one of the two outlets to the Atlantic Ocean from the Cape Fear River. Fort Fisher was the largest earthwork fortification in the...more
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1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, NC 28449-3755
+1 910-251-7340
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed in Carolina Beach and were looking for something to do. Since we enjoy history, we chose Fort Fisher State Historic Site. We had no idea of the Civil War importance of the site or the unique battlements created there. The site is free...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is nearly at the end of the road. If you make it here, continue on to the Aquarium (which is great). Museum is pretty small but has great information/history, spent well over one hour looking around/reading. Fighting dates way back in history. Small...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank dewmaniii
Reviewed 23 November 2018

This fort is worth visiting, if only for the uniqueness of its construction - using beach sand. While most of the fort has been consumed by the changing coastline, and a good portion destroyed by the construction of an old airstrip, the story here is...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Divemasterking
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

Very educational, civil war battlefield. Staff are extremely knowledgeable and very friendly! Dennis was a wealth of information. See the short 10 minute film before touring!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Denise F
Reviewed 2 October 2018

The inside of the building does a great job of taking you through the journey of the this fort and its demise.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mary Beth P
Reviewed 16 September 2018

I'm betting most people don't know the importance of Ft Fisher. This is a "donation admission" museum with some great displays and beautiful grounds.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bill H
Reviewed 14 September 2018

This place is full of history from the Civil War. Not only is it full of history but full of beauty!! The tour guides are wonderful as is the entire staff. I would suggest visiting in the spring or fall. Summer can be a scorcher.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank judy177
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

Museum was small but very interesting. It was way too hot outside to stroll all the exhibits though.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Danielle M
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Very informative displays in the visitors center and the introduction movie was excellet. Could have been on a bigger screen but was sufficient. Watch this first. Diorama of the battle was really amazing. This was the confederacy's last defense of the Wilmington harbor, which they...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank myself906
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

From Col Lamb to the exclusive gift shop all history nerds will love this place. Just a 30 min ferry ride from south port. $7.00

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Luke B
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8 October 2018|
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Response from Denise F | Reviewed this property |
No!! It is perfectly intact, we were there before Michael all well! 👍
29 February 2016|
Response from Sandra D | Reviewed this property |
This is the third time I tried to answer, so I hope it doesn't end up posting all 3 times. It takes about an hour to an hour and a half to go over all of it.
14 August 2015|
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Response from paulmcgehee74959 | Reviewed this property |
It is free.