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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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Absolutely beautiful!!!.....Beaches were beautiful, nice and sandy (better than any in Key west). Only down side was some jelly fish blew in the day we were there but we just... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Youngstown, Ohio
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Youngstown, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Absolutely beautiful!!!.....Beaches were beautiful, nice and sandy (better than any in Key west). Only down side was some jelly fish blew in the day we were there but we just went to the opposite side of the island and they went right around us. Wear a shirt if your fair skinned from the north like me or your back will... More 

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Troy, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

What a great day excursion from Key West! The trip out and back is a total of 9 hours. The fort island is rich in history and well told by the crew and supporting data that you can download to your smart phone. The trip to and from the island on the boat is 2 1/2 hours each way. Bring... More 

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We visited and camped here for 2 days. The camp bound is primitive and you have to pack in and out all of your gear, food, water and trash. But the experience of sleeping under the stars next to Ft. Jefferson was great. When the daily crowds board the ferry boats and head back to Key West, you will virtually... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

What an incredibly cool place! My husband and I had about two and a half hours to spend at Dry Tortugas. We spent approximately an hour touring Fort Jefferson and enjoyed every moment. I loved how we were able to really explore and go wherever our hearts desired - no ropes, no gates, just free roaming inside this structure made... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

1.a. My Expectations. This is my second visit to the fort (my first visit was July 2012). As a retired U.S. Marine Corps Infantry Officer, I have had the privilege of visiting quite a few very nice forts in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Bermuda and Malta so I tend to be very critical and have high expectations... More 

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The tour boat ride from Key West was very long, but worth the trip. The fortress is an historical gem and the tour boat guides did a nice job of narrating a walking tour of the key events. Snorkels, fins, and masks were provided for great underwater viewing around most of the island. Lunch was very satisfactory on the boat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
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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