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Fort Jefferson

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Address: Dry Tortugas National Park, FL
Phone Number: 305-242-7700
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Description: This is the largest all-masonry fortification in the western hemisphere...
This is the largest all-masonry fortification in the western hemisphere and served as a Civil War federal prison.
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GORGEOUS!!!!

I absolutely loved our time at Fort Jefferson. You had your own private island basically. The best way to go is Key West Seaplane Adventures. You get there after the ferry leaves... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Mooresville, North Carolina
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Mooresville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I absolutely loved our time at Fort Jefferson. You had your own private island basically. The best way to go is Key West Seaplane Adventures. You get there after the ferry leaves with about 40 of your closes friends..lol and you are left on the island for 2 -3 hrs with only 8 people!! You MUST take the time to... More 

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Belleair Bluffs
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Take a 2+ hour trip on a pretty fast boat from the docks in Key West to Fort Jefferson. The trip includes lunch and be for warned anything you bring with you...soda cans, wrappings, etc, must all leave with you. It can be pretty hot during the summer so stay hydrated. The place is extremely fascinating from a historical perspective... More 

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Vernon, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We went here with our daughter (12) to see the fort. As a note it is a 2 1/2 hour ferry ride there, and when you arrive, there is really not much to "do" on the island aside from sight seeing. The fort itself and grounds are lovely but some of the walking was on the roof top which could... More 

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Taipei
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

You've got it all when you get there, history, nature, scuba diving, beach... What else could you ask for? Enjoy the great national park!

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Salida, Colorado
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

This park and fort has a very deep, diversified and colorful history. Our 2 1/2 stay was not long enough. We spent our time completely canvassing the fort and then a walk along the beach to the bird sanctuary taking many photos. We had planned to snorkel, but by then we had run out of time. Overall experience: our trip... More 

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Yorba Linda
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 via mobile

This is a definite must do! The boat ride each way takes 2 1/2 hours but well worth it! Breakfast and lunch is included in the price of your ticket! You get there around 10:30 AM. The Park Rangers give 3 different hour long guided tours. We took the 10:45 AM tour and then went back to the boat for... More 

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Eustis, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This is one of the least-visited national parks and it is gorgeous. Of course, it takes some effort to get here by boat or plane...maybe a little sea-sickness, maybe a little heat exhaustion, that sort of thing. But it isn't overwhelming and the rewards are worth it. Best snorkeling in the Keys and we've snorkeled all over the place. It... More 

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Roselle, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

What a history this fort has had in the founding...to protect the sea lanes and the early years of the US and it's Naval forces. As well as a safe harbor for ships traveling the Gulf when a bad storm approaches. It's so remote, no phone or internet signals...good! No one yakking on their phones or clicking out text messages...that... More 

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Paris
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Everything was great about this trip. The staff and service, the food, the tour, the whole day was great. We didn't get to snorkel because we are nosy and wanted to see more of the fort. We heard the water was too cold anyway. But the setting is just beautiful and I would love to go back and camp. We... More 

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Very remote, about 70 miles from Key West in the middle of the gulf. There is a ferry you can take ($170 for an adult) or you can take a plane. We took the ferry and you get a breakfast on the way there. It was small (eggs, toast, grapes, etc.) but filling. There weren't too many people on the... More 

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