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Fort Jefferson

Address: Dry Tortugas National Park, FL
Phone Number: 305-242-7700
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This is the largest all-masonry fortification in the western hemisphere and served as a Civil War...
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Type: Historic Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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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Salida, Colorado
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78 reviews 78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

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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110 reviews 110 reviews
43 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Germantown, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our vist to the Fort. Beautiful day in mid November Veterens Day 2014. Great guided tours as well as snorkeling snd camping. Prep the kids though there is NO cell reception 😄 because there are no cell towers. This is a National park and kept up as such. Looking forward to coming back

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12 helpful votes 12 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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