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Dry Tortugas National Park - Things to Know Before Visiting

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About Dry Tortugas National Park

The park preserves Fort Jefferson and the seven Dry Tortugas islands, the westernmost and most isolated of the Florida Keys. The archipelago's coral reefs are the least disturbed of the Florida Keys reefs. The park is noted for abundant sea life, tropical bird breeding grounds, colorful coral reefs, and legends of shipwrecks and sunken treasures. The park's centerpiece is Fort Jefferson, a massive but unfinished coastal fortress.

Attractions Near Dry Tortugas National Park

Fort Zachary Taylor
Fort Zachary Taylor107.84km from Dry Tortugas National Park

A Florida State Park and National Historic Landmark centered on a Civil War-era fort located near the southern tip of Key West, Florida. In 1968, volunteers led by Howard S. England excavated Civil War guns and ammunition buried in long-abandoned parts of the fort, which was soon discovered to house the nation's largest collection of Civil War cannons.

Truman Little White House
Truman Little White House108.11km from Dry Tortugas National Park

Winter White House for President Harry S Truman for 175 days during 11 visits. Regular guided tours take visitors through the site, and one can enter the rooms where the Trumans lived, worked and relaxed. Items such as President Truman's briefcase, books, telephone, and his famous "The Buck Stops Here" sign are still at his desk.

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum108.79km from Dry Tortugas National Park

Residence of author Ernest Hemingway from 1931 to 1939, although he retained title to the home until he died. it is now populated by six- and seven-toed cats that are descendants of Hemingway's cats.

The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory109.2km from Dry Tortugas National Park

Butterfly park that houses from 50 to 60 different species of live butterflies from around the world in a climate-controlled, glass-enclosed habitat.

Smathers Beach
Smathers Beach112km from Dry Tortugas National Park

Largest public beach in Key West. The beach is lined with coconut trees, and is approximately a half mile long.

Seven Mile Bridge
Seven Mile Bridge173.81km from Dry Tortugas National Park

It connects Knight's Key (part of the city of Marathon, Florida) in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys. There are two bridges in this location. The modern bridge is open to vehicular traffic; the older one only to pedestrians and cyclists. The total length of the bridge is 35,862 ft (10,931 m) or 6.79 miles (10.93 km). The bridge carries the Florida Keys aqueduct, supplying water to points west, as well as fiber optic cables, providing telecommunications to and from the lower K

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Monroe County
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Monroe County includes the islands of the Florida Keys. Although 87% of the county's land area is on the mainland, that region is part of the Everglades and is virtually uninhabited. Over 99% of the county's population lives on the Florida Keys.