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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
Description: This is the largest all-masonry fortification in the western hemisphere and served as a Civil War federal prison.
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Key West, Florida
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96 reviews 96 reviews
8 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I love Dry Tortugas NP. I have been to Dry Tortugas many times, it is always magical. The Fort is fun to tour by yourself or with a guide. You see many fun facts about Island life in the 1900's. From how the rainwater was collected to what the solider's used to collect to keep them busy. There is also... More

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Casselberry, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I'd heard of going to the ends of the earth for a woman. Well we went to the end of the country for vacation. Starting out in one of my favorite haunts we boarded and Jet Catamaran for Breakfast and a 2 1/2 hour ride to Fort Jefferson on the Dry Tortugas Nat. Park 70 miles west of Key West... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Taking the boat to the dry tortugas starts the adventure. We saw flying fish, dolphins and it was all fascinating. Lunch was back on the boat as well. the fort is beautiful inside and out architecturally. Photos inside where there is natural light coming in were very beautiful. Great photo ops on the roof with your party show off the... More

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Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This was a great adventure. We rode the ferry 2.5 hours to Fort Jefferson, 70 miles west of Key West. The ferry had breakfast before we arrived at the island and lunch and drinks for us on the way back. It was an entertaining boat ride. The 1806 Fort has a great deal of history.. The National Park Service cares... More

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Dublin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We took the Yankee Freedom ferry in June 2014, and were very pleased with their service. Well worth the investment. In addition to transport, they provided breakfast, lunch, guided tour of the Fort and snorkeling equipment. Bathroom facilities are on the ship only. Would have liked to have spent more time at this historic site and beautiful location. Added attraction... More

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Merritt Island, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas is Definately worth the trip. It seems costly at first ( we r a family of 4), but once we got there we were amazed at the pristine beaches and how well the fort has been preserved! It really does look the the photos on the website ! The staff was great and the... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Due to its remote location, many people don't get to experience Ft. Jefferson. What a fantastic and fun way to spend a day! We took the Yankee Freedom ferry from Key West, and after a very pleasant 2 and 1/2 hour boat ride, we arrived at the Dry Turtugas. Beautiful blue and green water surrounded an enormous brick structure. Wildlife... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

A 2+ hour long trip on a catamaran is definitely worth the inspiring history of this mid-19th century American military installation. Canons, mortar, canon balls, walks atop the moat, interesting history, and lighthouses! Snorkeling off the south beach is the best, especially up against the moat wall. Follow the wall around on 3 sides and see the ruins resting on... More

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We traveled via our own boat...anchoring just off the Fort Jefferson beaches...crystal clear, turquoise shades of sea...white sandy beaches...starry nights, unbelievable...saw bottle nose dolphins, spinner dolphins, nurse sharks, barracuda...snorkeling is amazing...I saw Nemo and Dorey and numerous colorful salt water fish...Fort Jefferson's history and beauty of the mighty fort is unforgettable...I keep looking at my photos, smiling and wanting to... More

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Tampa, Florida
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Quiet, beautiful, serene. The boat ride there was fine. On the way back, everybody was tired and sleepy. The crew was very nice, always attentive to our needs. Even if you do not camp overnight, it it worth the one time visit.

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