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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

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Historic Vanciuver, WA

Fantastic place to take kids to learn the history behind Vancouver WA and the trading post of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
dgverbin
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Vancouver, Washington
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Lots of volunteers were out, pitched period tents, and showed how life might have been from the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Explore the lands and structures at the center of fur trade and military history in the Pacific Northwest. Learn about the diverse cultures who lived and worked here. Enjoy relaxing trails along the Columbia River and Village. Experience costumed...more
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612 E Reserve St, Vancouver, WA 98661-3811
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic place to take kids to learn the history behind Vancouver WA and the trading post of the area, It was the place to go for hunters and trappers. Lots to see and do there. History is the main idea there.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of volunteers were out, pitched period tents, and showed how life might have been from the Civil war and the Oregon Territory Period. Great fun for families with middle aged children. Toddlers would not find it interesting. As an amateur military historian, I thought...More

Thank Jeffrey H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This fort is beautiful and interesting, with helpful staff. With the airplane museum which is also part of the complex (planes from WWI, primarily), it made for a perfect 60-90 minute visit before we went to the airport, which is minutes away.

Thank Janice K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Personally...I love history so anything old and rich with stories is my thing. It was a short visit since I was too broke to pay the entrance fee at the time. I went with a girl there once and now that I think about it,...More

Thank Dallas S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Besides the view of fireworks. You can arrive early and at other times of year to encounter authentic dress, games etc.. happening at the fort. Each person in costume has been trained to give a real "performance" from the time the fort was at it's...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I would recommend stopping at the Visitor Info Center before visiting the fort. There is a very good 30 minute film that explains the history & restoration of the fort as well as several info signs & artifacts. The original fur trading fort burned down...More

Thank Heather A
Reviewed 8 October 2018

The site has free parking and admission. There are several buildings spread around the grounds. There are helpful rangers in the visitors center. The visitors center has a small gift shop. A good way to spend a couple of hours learning some history.

Thank ransom007
Reviewed 4 October 2018

Very nice exhibits and excellent demonstrations. Have always enjoyed the blacksmith demonstration and the information presented in the trading post is very good. Other exhibits such as the carpentry shop are also very fine. When there, be sure to walk over to the workers' village...More

Thank twotravelers2016
Reviewed 29 September 2018

enjoyed Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Went in the morning. Dogs are not allowed past front gate so took them out for a nice long walk in field next to fort. Lucky we were invited to enjoy a tour group and allowed into more rooms...More

Thank sandy12
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

I took my grandson and he loved it. Just watching him was worth it and he learned a lot. So much great history and the paths around it are full of such great sights.

Thank Kristi M
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Pamelia S
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Response from RoguePincushion | Reviewed this property |
the whole experience is viewable over the course of an afternoon!! enjoy a tasty brunch nearby in town, then come out here for some learning and fun until it’s time to head back for evening festivities.. the grounds are... More
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Response from Chulina W | Reviewed this property |
On site is only the Grant House. However, 3 short blocks West, (past the roundabout) will open up a wide variety of restaurants, bistros and pubs that will suit just about any appetite!
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kaywaldrop
15 July 2017|
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Response from mcsimon3 | Reviewed this property |
Not at the Fort but there are several near by. In my opinion, Compass Coffee, a local, privately owned coffee shop,has the best coffee in town. It's on the corner of East 9th Street and Washington St.
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