Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas National Park

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#12 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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  • Fort Jefferson has always been very special to me. I visited as a child in 1986, and was able to spend the night in the Fort in Park Service housing (had a connection with the Park Service back then)....  more »
  • If you decide to spend a day visiting this fort and National Park it would be wise to do a little research on the history of this iconic place, it will make the tour more enjoyable. Our trip via ferry...  more »
  • Dry Tortugas is one of the most unique places I've ever visited. An important fort during the civil war, and Cuban missile crisis, this fort stands juxtaposed to the serene beach and ocean surrounding...  more »
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  • Fantastic views, abundance of history and awesome 1 hour tour.
  • Beautiful views and a fascinating place. Worth the trip!
  • Such a unique place that it is worth all the hassle to reach it
  • Really nice National Park! Really nice views!
  • 7.8/10 too much water

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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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