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- Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Named for Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski, it was here that General Robert E. Lee was first assigned after graduating from West Point. Today, you can explore the fort's colossal ramparts, intimidating stone towers, drawbridges and moats. Frequent re-enactments allow you to see what life in the fort was like back in its heyday. After you've gotten your fill of Pulaski, head to the nearby Tybee Lighthouse (situated about 5 miles east of the fort) for some fantastic views of the coast and a stroll along the barrier island's 5-mile-long beach.
Recent visitors said the fort is a must-visit for history buffs and strongly recommended taking one of the ranger-led tours. Fort tours, which usually last 45 minutes to an hour, are offered daily 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you're unable to tag along on a ranger-led tour, you should make time for the 20-minute introductory film, "The Battle for Fort Pulaski," which is shown in the fort's visitor center and museum. Travelers said watching this short movie prior to touring the fort made a visit to the grounds more meaningful.
The Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on Cockspur Island about 15 miles east of central Savannah along U.S. 80. The fort is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., although hours may vary slightly depending on the season. A $7 entrance fee, which covers all areas of the fort, is required for all visitors 16 and older. For more information, check out the National Park Service website.
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