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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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Maraval, Trinidad
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64 reviews 64 reviews
33 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Lakeland, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We have always wanted to visit this park; so we finally made the reservation. It is hurricane season but we were told we could cancel 24 hours prior to boarding and get a refund. The hotel told us the same. We didn't need to cancel. The weather was great. The boat ride over was smooth. We did take Bonine before... More

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Miami, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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