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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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TripAdvisor
  • Took the ferry on 2 seperate occasions, magical place. Full of history, beauty and great diving. Bring underwater cameras for memories of your experiences, the water surrounding is some of the best Iv...  more »
  • After the boat ride out I was not inspired to walk through a fort that was never finished and where nothing remains. The grounds are beautiful. Been there done it won't go back.  more »
  • I am a national parks junkie so for me this was a fun trip. Lots of interesting history and an amazing old fort to wonder around in. We took the 1/2 day seaplane trip out to the park and the plane rid...  more »
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  • Beautiful views and a fascinating place. Worth the trip!
  • Really nice National Park! Really nice views!