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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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We went in mid-May. For us a day trip was not enough, we decided to camp overnight. The campers were the last off the ferry. There were carts to take your camping gear to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Winter Park, Florida
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Winter Park, Florida
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81 reviews 81 reviews
33 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We went in mid-May. For us a day trip was not enough, we decided to camp overnight. The campers were the last off the ferry. There were carts to take your camping gear to the sites. The park ranger was pleasant. We even chatted with him later that evening while he was walking his dog. We set up camp and... More 

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South Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We took the Yankee Freedom III out to the Fort on a Sunday. As we approached, I was amazed a fort sitting in the middle of the ocean. I know Fort Sumter sits in Charleston harbor, but this fort is 70 miles from Key West. The park staff was very helpful and informative. we took the self guided tour. So... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We took the morning half day trip by seaplane. The flight alone was exciting and well worth it. We saw incredible scenery, and marine wildlife. We started out doing the self guided tour of the fort and then spent the remainder of our morning snorkeling on the south side of the fort. We encountered a Tarpon right off the beach... More 

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Ontario
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60 reviews 60 reviews
3 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Awesome place for snorkeling, bird watching and taking in history. Such a unique setting. Would definitely go back!

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Mandeville
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70 reviews 70 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

If you are interested in going to Fort Jefferson (The Dry Tortugas) then you will have to get past the LONG ride there. I've been twice and once I took the ferry boat and the second time we decided to forego the LONG, LONG ride with LOTS of people jammed up in a boat and took the private plane -... More 

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Bradenton
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Not easy to get to - requires a 2 1//2 one way boat trip - or charter air flight - but, a spectacular location for history or birding. Magnificent Frigate birds, Sooty Terns, and Masked Boobys. Not everyone has these checked off. The Yankee Freedom provided a safe and effective means of transportation out of Key West, FL. The park... More 

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Hudson, Ohio
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62 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I were visiting Key West and decided we had to visit Dry Tortugas National Park, Fort Jefferson. We decided to take the seaplane with KW Aviation. We took the 2:00 pm flight. It was a memorable flight as we saw a lot of sites going out, loggerhead turtles, shipwrecks and a Cuban refugee boat headed to the... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

If you are in the Key West area and have a full day, I highly recommend booking the ferry out to Fort Jefferson. In my opinion, there is no other place on earth like it. 2 and a half hours off the coast of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico lies the largest brick structure in the U.S. This... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This place is amazing. Words, or pictures just dont do it justice. Traveling to Key West? Dont leave without booking a day trip to this place.....

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United States
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169 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The National Park Service has done a great job of keeping the fort in its original condition. The visitor's center has lighting and air conditioning but that's all you see of modern conveniences. No cell service either (yay). Built out of 16 million bricks and tons of concrete in the mid-1800s, that type of construction would be no easy feat... More 

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