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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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  • Excellent 3 nights with my cousin! The coral sand exfoliated my dogs while the sea was too rough for snorkeling. Sunburn and all we'll be back.  more »
  • It was really cool to get to see this fort that so few people visit. We did the self guided tour and the view from the top was amazing. The island itself is beautiful and the fort was fun to explore. ...  more »
  • It is expensive to ride the ferry out here so I recommend getting your moneys worth and spend a little extra to camp overnight. You get to have a sunrise and sunset here that a normal ferry rider does...  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!

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Where to stay in Dry Tortugas National Park

The self-service campground in Dry Tortugas National Park is the only option for staying in the park. Ferries and seaplanes arrive at the park from Key West, where you have a wide range of choices of places to stay. The island offers luxury hotels, expansive resorts, economy motels, and locally owned inns and bed and breakfasts. You should find plenty of entertainment options here as well.
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