Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas National Park

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#11 of 18 in Historic Sites in Florida Keys
See proof of a young nation's determination to protect its shores and its shipping at Fort Jefferson. Now a highlight of the Dry Tortugas National Park, the fort was built in 1847, and it's one of the largest masonry structures in the western hemisphere. Even though the fort was never finished or fully equipped, it was a key point in coastal defense until the end of 19th century. A major part of the original structure is still standing, and you can tour the fort, learn about its history, and admire the gargantuan walls. Garden Key Island, where the fort is located, is accessible by a ferry, seaplane, or across a private bay. Before or after visiting the fort, you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and camping on the island. Plan my trip to Dry Tortugas National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • September 26, 2017
    Booked the trip for a Tuesday. Arrived at the ferry terminal and got checked in. Parking at the garage across the street is $14 for the full day. Boarded the ferry and had breakfast-bagels, coffee, an...  more »
  • August 23, 2017
    My wife and I camped here for 2 nights. It is a very peaceful and quaint camping getaway like nowhere else on Earth. Be on a secluded tropical island in the middle of nowhere with very few other peopl...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    Excellent 3 nights with my cousin! The coral sand exfoliated my dogs while the sea was too rough for snorkeling. Sunburn and all we'll be back.  more »
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  • March 6, 2017
    Beautiful views and a fascinating place. Worth the trip!
  • May 3, 2017
    Such a unique place that it is worth all the hassle to reach it
  • February 17, 2017
    Really nice National Park! Really nice views!

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Where to stay in Dry Tortugas National Park

The self-service campground in Dry Tortugas National Park is the only option for staying in the park. Ferries and seaplanes arrive at the park from Key West, where you have a wide range of choices of places to stay. The island offers luxury hotels, expansive resorts, economy motels, and locally owned inns and bed and breakfasts. You should find plenty of entertainment options here as well.
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