Fort Jefferson Military Fortress in the Dry Tortugas National Park

Prepare to Set Sail to Dry Tortugas National Park

There are few places in the Americas where you’ll get to see both the natural beauty of the world as well as the innovative creations of humanity in the same location, but Dry Tortugas National Park is one such place. Located many miles away from the coast of Florida, Dry Tortugas National Park has a long and lurid history. The cornerstone of the park, Fort Jefferson, was built in the mid-1800s but was never completed, yet it still stands today as a testament to the importance of the islands that form Dry Tortugas National Park.

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The Beauty of Dry Tortugas

Fort Jefferson is the most popular attraction in Dry Tortugas and rightfully so as it is the largest brick fort in the entire United States. Not only is it a sight to behold in person, but the fort’s long history is also something that many visitors and tourists will yearn to learn more about when they tour the fort. But Fort Jefferson is not the only thing that Dry Tortugas has to offer. The majority of Dry Tortugas National Park isn’t dry at all and is actually in the water. The vast and beautiful ocean that surrounds the islands of Dry Tortugas National Park is also a very popular reason to visit the park.

Popular Activities

Other than touring Fort Jefferson, no visit to Dry Tortugas National Park is complete without observing the ocean that it protects. Some of the many things to do include diving to see old shipwrecks, watching the beautiful sea turtles that nest at Dry Tortugas National Park, or just being in awe at the vibrant and natural beauty of the park’s coral reefs. There are also of course more dry options such as camping at Garden Key or enjoying some of the warm and captivating beaches of the islands.


Because of how isolated Dry Tortugas National Park is, there are no lodging or restaurants in the park. All food and water that is available to visitors are on the ferry that brings them from the mainland to the park. For campers, you are allowed to go fishing for food, but it’s highly recommended you stock up on supplies before going camping there.