Folks itching to explore Fort Knox won't have to wait much longer.

Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Observatory in Prospect will open for the season Saturday, May 1. While the surrounding grounds have been open to the public, the gates to the fort have been locked the past six months. Spring hours are 9-5 p.m.

COVID precautions will still be in effect. The Fort Knox website asks visitors to not visit if feeling ill, wash their hands frequently, practice social distancing, and avoid touching signs, kiosks, buildings and benches to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19.

The historic fort will host a variety of events throughout the season, including the popular Ghost Tours, and Fright At The Fort. Organizers for Fright At The Fort are already working on bringing the creepy event back, bigger than ever before. Last year the annual Halloween attraction was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. It was first time the annual event had been canceled since it began 20 years ago.

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