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Fort Jefferson

Dry Tortugas National Park, FL
305-242-7700
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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MILANO
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164 reviews 164 reviews
20 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I just took my first trip to Fort Jefferson at the Dry Tortugas.This place is one of the very nicest spots in all of the Florida Keys. It is also one of the hardest to get to, being 75 miles by water from Key West. Dry Tortugas is the perfect compromise for history buffs and adrenaline junkies. It's got status... More

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Sylvania, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

So happy we took the Yankee Freedom to the Dry Tortugas National Park. The trip went quickly and the staff onboard was beyond friendly. Breakfast was served as soon as we got on and was very nice and we hadn't expected it. We chose not to do a guided tour once on the island. Instead, we walked the perimeter of... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I highly recommend the trip. Parking is across the street. All day $13.00. The Yankee freedom is a boat that is 2 levels with inside and outside seating. You have breakfast on the 2 hour ride out. Plus some info. At the fort you can take a guided tour aprox. 1 hour. Or go to beautiful beaches and snorkel. The... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

My wife and I went on this day trip and were very glad we did. The boat ride to the island was enjoyable as well as comfortable. The boat has a mini bar and if you are a smoker you can step outside to grab a smoke. The fort was remarkable, it's history alone is something that makes the trip... More

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Wisconsin
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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I would never do this if the weather is questionable. You spend 5 hours on the boat for 4 hours on the island. It's a nice boat but with any kind of moderate or heavy seas this trip could be nasty. I talked with the crew, and they told me stories of folks being completely miserable. This would be especially... More

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Lehigh Acres, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

This was without reservation one of the best trips we ever went on. The Yankee Freedom crew was great. The food was good and the snorkeling was world class. Can't wait to go back!! A great day trip that will takes you into history and gives you an opportunity to see things others never will.

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New York City, New York
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We camped 1 night in late December here, so the whole trip took almost 2 full days from start to finish. Waking up so early was not fun, and my gf took a dramamine (which was offered for $1 purchase before we got on the ferry) so the ferry ride was not too bad. Once on the island, we got... More

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Vallejo, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

It is a real interesting place to see. It seems to be in the middle of the gulf but you realize how big the gulf really is because it takes about 2.5 hours to get there from key west going about 30 m.p.h. It was really windy there the day we went and the seas were rough. If you are... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

The boat trip was 2.5 hours each way. Going over was un-eventful. Coming back was white caps and pukahontus was visiting several patrons on the boat. The fort was very impressive, but we came for "world class snorkeling" which was non-existent! Visibility was good but there was nothing to see. The swim parameters have no reefs so the world class... More

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Rock Hall, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Great sunsets, wonderful snorkeling, one of a kind views, history, beaches...Simply breathtaking. Unique campground at the end of the line. It is worth it.

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