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Abandoned fort on an island in Portland Harbor; visitors should use caution when exploring its grounds.
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Portland, ME
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fort Gorges is the perfect example of governmental waste. It took 54 years to build it and by then, the cannon purchased for the fort were out of date. They were fired once, and the fort was never manned. Today it is covered in foliage...much...More

Thank Dajo43
Reviewed 8 July 2017

We visited by private boat and enjoyed an hour walking around the small island. Kids need to watched as this fort is not maintained. A good place to sit and watch the boat traffic; especially, the schooner. It can also be seen from the ferry...More

Thank James H
Reviewed 19 June 2017

We visited via kayak on a Friday just before sunset, and there wasn't anyone else there except for us! Such a cool place to romp around and see a unique set of views, but not too far from the mainland.

Thank linseaweed
Reviewed 23 May 2017

If you're looking for a quick (1-2 hour) excursion on Portland's Casco Bay, consider hiring a water taxi to take you to the often overlooked Fort Gorges. Located in the center of Portland harbor, it provides unparalled views of Casco Bay. Given the big deal...More

Thank orizu
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Enjoyably, Fort Gorges can be seen from many points of interest along the coasts of Portland and South Portland. Don't bother looking for it on a foggy day; we were unable to visit it during the morning as it was swallowed by fog. Definitely enjoyed...More

Thank Kristen F
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Hands down the best part of this tour was the ability to tour it yourself. Once dropped off by a small motor boat, we were given flashlights by our tour guide and told to go ahead and tour the facility as we wished. Couple of...More

1  Thank Anthony R
Reviewed 26 October 2016

We took a harbor cruise tour that had a stop at this fort. Our guide gave us some interesting facts about its history.

1  Thank ct-cruisers
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

We've been wanting to go here for years, but my partner hates boats. Captain Carle was very sympathetic and took us over and back as smoothly as possible. He also showed us around while we were out there. While it's small it's completely awesome. I...More

Thank Irishlazz
Reviewed 4 July 2016

Nice to see it going around it by boat, but it's a shame you cannot land on the small island to visit it !

Thank GorgoVetBart
Reviewed 25 March 2016

This crumbly old Civil War-era fort is only accessible by water. We have our own boat, and visit Fort Gorges at least once every summer - my husband will motor in (if tide is right) to let us all leap out of the boat onto...More

4  Thank LiftLady
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