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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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The best day ever!

Just a two hour boatride away from Key West, lies a beautiful paradise called Fort Jefferson. The only downside must be the lack of fresh water (which was the original reason this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

Just a two hour boatride away from Key West, lies a beautiful paradise called Fort Jefferson. The only downside must be the lack of fresh water (which was the original reason this prison was impossible to use). The beautiful beaches, the snorkelilng and the walks in the fort was all great experiences for the whole family. We were served a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

3 boys age 3,9,13 plus wife and I took the ferry to Ft Jefferson on a camping trip June 20 2015. The boys loved it. We stayed 3 nights and plan to go back and stay 4. There were other campers only staying 1 night. You miss the relaxing part staying only 1 night. The water is crystal clear if... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

It's a big of a mission to get out to Fort Jefferson, but if you are the adventurous type who also loves history and beautiful vistas, this is a trip for you. I went for the beauty, but I was shocked and pleasantly surprised by the fascinating history of this fort. If you go, I highly recommend taking the guided... More 

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Albany, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This was a fantastic way to spend a day out of Key West. We took a boat ride over and spent a good amount of time at the fort. You can walk all around the fort, including on top and through a good portion of it. There are great information signs all around explaining about life on the fort. There... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

One of a kind experience! All nature and camp lovers need to check it out! I don't recommended a family with small children stay the night there given the lack of running water and intense heat during the summer. But I do think families with children would enjoy a day trip that includes checking out the fort and snorkeling.

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Point Harbor, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

We took a "classic" family road trip from NC to Key West in May. I had heard about Ft. Jefferson & the Dry Tortugas since I was in elementary school and had always wanted to go. All 12 family members made the trip and we all agree that it was the highlight of our vacation. It was everything I had... More 

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Griffith, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Loved the trip and activities! T. G. Was a park ranger who spent a lot of time with us informing us of life at the fort. Very interesting knowledge about how the Rangers live and spend their time there as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Wow - what a great day and a highlight of a perfect keys trip. We took the ferry over and can't say enough good things about the whole experience. Weather was beautiful, only a moderate chop on the water. Avail yourself of the plentiful breakfast bar and lunch bar. Fresh breads and fresh sandwich meat, with plenty of choices to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

During our stay in the Keys, March, 2015, we were based in Marathon but took a day to drive to Key West for a 7:30 a.m. boat departure for the Dry Tortugas to see Fort Jefferson. It did not disappoint - both the boat ride and the park. Great tour - fun snorkeling - wonderful time!

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Winter Park, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

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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Address: Dry Tortugas National Park, FL
Phone Number: 305-242-7700
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Dry Tortugas National Park

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