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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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  • where else can you go and tour three national parks in two days if you like. Fort Jefferson is 90 west of key west. I'd take a sea plane to the fort. you can take a fairy boat but sea plane is much qu...  more »
  • This is a must-do if you're in the Keys. After a short boat ride, we got a tour of the fort and were able to snorkel around the island. Amazing experience. 
  • This is a cool old fort, it's huge. The snorkeling is average, nothing special. I had to keep asking myself, why would you put a fort way out here. Different day, different time, different era. If you...  more »

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