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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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  • Snorkeling around Fort Jefferson and getting the tour was unexpected and awesome. One of the funner days we had in Key West 
  • This was probably the best family vacation we ever took. We camped for 2 nights, stayed 2 days and although it was the HOTTEST time of the year, it was still amazing. The hermit crabs were everywhere ...  more »
  • Fort Jefferson is one of those places you have to make special arrangements to go see. You can get there by sea plane, fast but very expensive, or you can take the daily ferry out there, slow but half...  more »

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