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Dry Tortugas National Park

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If you are looking for an incredible off the beaten path adventure, consider a trip to the Dry Tortugas. The Dry Tortugas are comprised of seven Keys: Garden, Loggerhead, Bush, Long, East, Hospital, and Middle and approximately 70 miles west of Key West on Garden Key, is Dry Tortugas National Park which is accessible only by the ferry Yankee Freedom II, private boat or seaplane. Enjoy beach strolls, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, bird watching and exploring the fort. The six-sided 19-century Fort Jefferson was never completed due to the fact that after 30 years of construction, the development of weapons was such that it rendered the building defenseless. It was also used as a prison, once housing Dr. Samuel Mudd for his involvement in the assassination of President Lincoln. Note that the park is remote and undeveloped. There are very primitive restrooms, a primitive campground, no stores, supplies or food, so you must be prepared. You are however, rewarded with spectacular beauty both above and below the water.



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