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Fort Jefferson

Dry Tortugas National Park, FL
305-242-7700
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Cultural
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Owner description: This is the largest all-masonry fortification in the western hemisphere and served as a Civil War federal prison.
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English first
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We checked the reviews about ferry v. sea plane to Dry Tortugas (from Key West), and though I was apprehensive beforehand the sea plane trip turned out to be wonderful. Each of the 10 passengers gets a headset and you hear details from the pilot (and some great music!) about the history and environment you're flying over. We were able... More

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Greenfield,IN
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I'm not an architect or history buff, went to Dry Tortugas to camp and walked the Fort. Would have taken the guided tour but it didn't work out, we took self tour. Maps, signs and information help, if you come over on the ferry they have a nice video about the Fort that increased our appreciation of things we saw... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Fort Jefferson is awesome. The boat ride over was nice--saw some sea turtles and flying fish. The crew was great. We toured the fort, then went back on the boat for lunch. Then it was time for some awesome snorkeling. The whole trip was beautiful. I highly recommend taking this trip. I just wish we could've stayed longer.

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Waubaushene, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

What an amazing place. The Fort rises from the sea as you approach by boat (can only be reached by boat or sea plane) and you can not grasp the mense size of the structure until you are inside. A must see!!

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Maraval, Trinidad
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41 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

What a fantastic adventure - I recommend the sea plane! It was a bit expensive at about $250/per person. The flight there and back was part of the adventure and the time on the island passed very quickly. The trip is dependant on weather so we were quite lucky as the flight the day before had been cancelled due to... More

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Keller, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We recently visited Islamorada and decided we would take a float plane trip to Fort Jefferson. What a GREAT decision. SO worth the cost of the plane ride versus the boat. The ride was 40 minutes and the views were spectacular! I cannot adequately describe the color of the water, just absolutely beautiful. Once at Fort Jefferson, we took a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The Yankee Freedom is the only ferry to go to the Fort, so there is no competition - hence the $170 cost per person. The boat is nice as well as the breakfast and lunch. The crew was great. The Fort was very interesting. Take your time seeing the Fort and reading about the history. The snorkeling is average when... More

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Mansfield Ga
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Boarded Yankee Freedom about 7:30 for 2 1/2 hour ride to Fort. Took proferred dramimine ($1.00) as insurance, ride was bumpy but provided breakfast was nice. Cold cuts, beverage, boiled eggs. Crew was extremely careful to keep us all informed of do's and don't's aboard vessel, and in the Park. Bryan, crewmember, gave excellent tour of fort (1 hour). I... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We came for the day and the only downside was we had really wanted to snorkel but there were way too many jelly fish :( otherwise very beautiful place and fun boat ride over in the Yankee freedom 3!

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Marietta
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We camped for two nights. The pros: incredible view of stars, unbelievable snorkeling, historic fort, great fishing, lots of cool hermit crabs. The cons: no showers (there are toilets, and they are great), swarms of gnats, more mosquitoes than expected, rats (you hear more than you see--not sure if that's good or bad), stifling heat (just snorkel all day), you... More

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