This national park is the nation's only at-sea national park and is home to the historic Fort Jefferson. Located about 70 ... More
Dry Tortugas National Park
This national park is the nation's only at-sea national park and is home to the historic Fort Jefferson. Located about 70 miles west of Key West and accessible only by boat or chartered seaplane, the park and fort lure divers, snorkelers and nature lovers who flock here to get a close look at stag horn coral, angel fish, rare birds and the loggerhead turtles that gave the island its name. Built in 1846, the five-sided fort covers more than 11 of the island's 16 acres.
Sure, the ferry from Key West takes about 4 hours to get to the island, but once you get there, it'll be worth it. Just the size of the fort in such a secluded area is breath-taking and there's so much to check out in and around it. When I went in '98, I didn't go snorkeling because I was only interested in the fort, but based on what I've heard from others, it's also a recommended thing to do while on the island.
It was really cool. We took a tour of the old fort and learned a lot (including that it took a direct hit from Hurricane Charley). Camping is okay, but unfortunately, there is no fresh running water on the island and no toilets, so you have to bring your own water and supplies.
the spookiest place I have EVER been - and I dont believe in ghosts - but this old Fort is dizzying with spooks, even in the middle of a blue-sky day. Spooks everywhere. And, like I said I have never believed in spooks.
Dislike - It was a hot day, we could not effectively see a majority of the place in one day
Like - Ultra-romantic setting (a fort in the middle of a beautiful blue sea) with stories of pirates and days of old, struggles against the ravages of the ocean and the disease brought by man. Truly a unique experience, very great stop. Loved snaorkelling the "wall". Overall, this day trip was a 10. Must see and do in your lifetime.
Built in 1845 and occupied by Yankee forces in 1861, the fort was finally completed in 1866. Now a National
Historic Landmark, the fort has tours at noon and 2p. In January the park hosts the annual Sculpture Key ...
The Gualala Country Inn is situated on the Mendocino coastline, just across the Gualala River from the world renowned Sea
Ranch. It overlooks the Pacific Ocean, the Gualala River and the beach. Accommodations have either a Pacific Ocean and ...
Aboard a seaplane equipped with pontoons that allow it to rise from the sea into the air, you fly to
Dry Tortugas National Park and historic Fort Jefferson. These seaplanes are able to fly at low altitude so you ...