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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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Miami, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Amazing place but I highly recommend to camp, I cannot imagine going back in the boat or plane and living the same day with the rest of the people. The best experience is staying in the island practically by yourself. When everyone else leave is when you really enjoy Dry Tortugas. At night you can see the milky way. Its... More

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Cape Coral, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Visited Aug 2014: the park service employees were not overly friendly, not overly knowledgeable; not overly informative. We've been to other parks and the rangers/employees were very knowledgeable and informative. In addition, it appears they're letting the place fall apart with no upkeep.

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Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A day at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas is something you must experience when in Key West. Yes, it's an all-day excursion but one that is worth the sacrifice. The trip on the Yankee Freedom 3 included breakfast and was uneventful other than the rain! Once on the island, we took a tour of the fort and then returned... More

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United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Expensive day out at $170 per adult but worth the money, we got a living history tour on the day so it made it that much better. The beach and snorkelling was breathtaking, no words can describe what you see. The moat walk is unbelievable as you can see all the scenery, definitely do this first before snorkelling. The ferry... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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91 reviews 91 reviews
19 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Great experience. I neglected to book the ferry early and on the days we were there they were sold out. I'm almost never unprepared. Went early on morning and got in line. 5 canceled and we got on! That doesn't always happen, but we had some help^^. Great ride over and there were so much to see. Good beaches, the... More

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Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

The island is beautiful and the snorkeling is breath taking. Worth it. The ferry ride was long but the staff was great and explained everything. Breakfast lunch and snorkeling gear all included. My biggest complaint is there wasn't enough time.

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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The destination is amazing, a tribute to dumb federal spending even at the start of the union. It looks like a movie set and hard to imagine battleships refuelling and thousands of people living there. Snorkeling is fun, not for coral but for the fish and the man made location. The ferry is modern and fast and the crew helpful... More

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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The catamaran ride was a little rough half way through, but well worth it! Fort Jefferson is breathtaking. I would loved to have more time to take it in, but so worth the day trip. Will most definitely go back again!

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Fort Myers, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We left dock at 8am. About 100 people on board. Breakfast was same as hotel we are staying at. Egg, ham, cereal, bagels. Got to island on a calm water day as they described. Sadly, not enough time in the island. We snorkeled first, getting 2/3 around and walking to boat before lunch was over. After lunch which is a... More

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Key West, Florida
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102 reviews 102 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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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