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Address: Dry Tortugas National Park, FL
Phone Number: 305-242-7700
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This is the largest all-masonry fortification in the western hemisphere and...

This is the largest all-masonry fortification in the western hemisphere and served as a Civil War federal prison.

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Very large Fort

Camping trip on Garden Key was very memorable. Fort Jefferson is very large. Looks are deceiving. It takes quite awhile to tour this fort especially if taking pictures. Many... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Danielle N
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Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania
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53 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Camping trip on Garden Key was very memorable. Fort Jefferson is very large. Looks are deceiving. It takes quite awhile to tour this fort especially if taking pictures. Many beautiful spots to view water. Seeped in interesting history. Take time to talk with the rangers if you see them and stop in at the store for some air conditioning and... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved the history behind the fort. It is interesting that Doctor Mudd, who helped John Wilkes Booth after the Lincoln assassination, was incarcerated here. But I missed the fact that there were no restaurants or concessions. The snorkeling was not great. But the coral was beautiful. Oh, by the way, the boat trip was 2 1/2 hours one way.... More 

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Agawam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a full day, but worth it. We've been here twice. It's about 2.5 hour boat ride. Gorgeous beach for swimming, snorkeling, or just relaxing. There is a large variety of fish. The fort is nice and has very informative staff.

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Thank KathyVaillan
Miami
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Boating, history, snorkeling, swimming, all in the same amazing day. Worth every penny! Loved the ride and the food and the crew was very informative. You might even see the captains dog! Make sure you drinks lots of water!

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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had forgotten how incredible Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas is. Aside from the beauty of the most beautiful luminescent aqua waters surrounding the Fort - there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Just a 2 1/2 ferry trip or sea plane adventure this is an easy day trip. There is sea life for the snorkelers,... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one amazing fort from the shear size to the amount of effort and time it took to bring all the supplies and build the fort. Also just the forward thinking of the people at this time to even build it here. This is a great piece of American History that most people know nothing about.

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Thank jeffrey w
Miami Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my second time visiting Fort Jefferson and I decided to spend the night camping. I highly recommend camping there. It is a great experience.

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Thank Raiza_Diaz
Apple Valley, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson are rather unknown and under-rated sites south of Key West. There are only three ways to get there; by private charter, by seaplane or aboard the Yankee Freedom. Plan an all day trip as it takes 2.5 hours to get there and another 2.5 hours to return. The fare includes breakfast and lunch... More 

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Thank Joanne C
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Fort Jefferson very amazing architecturally, pretty impressive of our forefathers! Other than the Fort, not much to see. The compound at times is dangerous as the paths are narrow and not a good idea for balance challenged individuals or children. Beautiful views from 3rd level, and very informative staff.

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Thank Cheritaylor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

We got on the seaplane about noon, flew above the beautiful teal water, only five hundred feet in the air, saw a few shipwrecks , some sea turtles and lots of clear blue/teal water...35 minutes to Fort Jefferson, the pilot was very nice~ very quiet on the beach, maybe 10 other people, the sand was amazing, and hot...the water was... More 

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