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Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas National Park

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Wildlife Area Historic Site
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
  • Just 70 Miles west of Key West, Florida with coral reefs and white sandy stretch of beach surrounded by turquoise water are the Dry Tortuga's. Shipwrecks, coral reefs, nesting birds and plenty of colo...  more »
  • We took the seaplane here, that was a treat , but we were not prepared for the scope of Fort Jefferson. We took a half day tour, and really needed more time to take in all the sights. Not even not bei...  more »
  • Flying in on the seaplane, its stunning how the fort looks like a beautiful fortress with crystal blue waters and coral all around it. Surrounded by a moat, the dirt is in great shape on the outer wal...  more »
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  • 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!