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Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas National Park

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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. Using our custom trip planner, Dry Tortugas National Park attractions like Fort Jefferson can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Fort Jefferson in dry tortugas national park is a must do trip. The cheapest way to get there is on the yankee freedom ferry which is a great ride by itself (see accompanying review). Great park full ...  read more »
  • I've had this park on my bucket list for years and years. I took the boat to the island, which is the least expensive way to get to the island. With a 2.5-hour ride each way, you're left with about 2....  read more »
  • A piece of paradise in the middle of the ocean. An experience to try. The trip to the island is a bit long, about 2 and a half hours by hydrofoil, but it is definitely worth it!
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