Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park

70 Miles West of Key West, Key West, FL 33040 | (305) 242-7700
Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida Keys
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If you've got enough time for a day trip, hop the ferry to the Dry Tortugas National Park; the seven islands, 70 miles west of Key West, are like a trip back in time to the earliest days of the Keys. Fort Jefferson National Monument, which was designated by FDR, is evocative of the Civil War—and quite spooky to explore (Samuel Mudd was jailed here for his supposed part in Lincoln's offing). There's plenty of nature to explore, too; there are bird sanctuaries teeming with sooty terns and frigates on Bush and Long Keys, and more waterprone types can snorkel in the coral reefs just 10 feet from shore.

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