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Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas National Park

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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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  • Highly recommend taking a float plane and snorkel gear. The time goes fast. It's a unique historical attraction in an amazing natural setting. It's an engineering marvel as well as a testament to unfe...  more »
  • Oops! just saw that my previous review had only one star---MY MISTAKE---meant to make it FIVE Stars. 
  • awesome time in nature with lots of sunshine and history. I highly recommend this for the whole family. 

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