The Dry Tortugas chain of islands south of Key West, Florida, long has been valued for its strategic location at the confluence of the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the western Caribbean Sea. Fort Jefferson was built there in the early 1800s to defend this area. Today the fort is the icon of Dry Tortugas National Park.
Dry Tortugas National Park
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While comparatively few cases of Zika virus have been identified in the United States, the National Park Service has been working to keep visitors, and employees, on top of the situation and is recommending that everyone visiting National Park System sites in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico take precautions to ward off mosquitoes.
National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis expects to hear of more incidents of sexual harassment or misconduct from his agency once a hotline is set up to receive reports.
It is an architectural wonder of the world, one located in one of the most unique places on the planet. Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park is no ordinary destination—and one that everyone should visit in their lifetime. If you’ve never heard of this tiny cluster of secluded islands off the Florida Keys, it’s time you did.
Yankee Freedom III And Everglades National Park Announce Kick-Off Of Second Annual Dry Tortugas Photo Contest!
The Yankee Freedom III, the official ferry to Dry Tortugas National Park, has announced the second annual Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson National Park Photo Contest. The contest kicked off on June 1 and will end on May 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.
Ready for crystal-clear water, white sandy beaches, and vibrantly colored tropical fish? How about a dose of history, complete with prison cells, an historic fort, and stories from one of our most iconic writers? Maybe you’d like to snorkel a coral reef or see hundreds of species of birds all in one place. Well, then, it’s probably time for a day trip out to Dry Tortugas National Park on the Yankee Freedom III.
Following a year-long competition, a grand prize winner has been chosen for The Dry Tortugas #Photo Contest.
Dreaming of visiting Dry Tortugas National Park off the Florida Keys is one thing, getting there is another. That's where the Yankee Freedom III comes in.
We're starting to see a lot of "100" themed activities across the National Park System this year in honor of the National Park Service's Centennial, and Florida's offering invites you to paddle 100 miles in the state's 11 national parks.