Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas National Park

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. Plan my trip to Dry Tortugas National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • Fort Jefferson has always been very special to me. I visited as a child in 1986, and was able to spend the night in the Fort in Park Service housing (had a connection with the Park Service back then)....  more »
  • If you decide to spend a day visiting this fort and National Park it would be wise to do a little research on the history of this iconic place, it will make the tour more enjoyable. Our trip via ferry...  more »
  • Dry Tortugas is one of the most unique places I've ever visited. An important fort during the civil war, and Cuban missile crisis, this fort stands juxtaposed to the serene beach and ocean surrounding...  more »
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  • A must see national park, if you go to Key West, take the ferry to Fort Jefferson. Beautiful water and the fort is amazing.
  • If Key West is Paradise.... then this is Paradise on steroids
  • Breathtaking, historic, great swimming, tropical fish, coral reefs, frigate birds!!!
  • This place is great for the body,mine and sole great place
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