Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fort Jefferson {Dry Torguas National Park}

Quite possibly one of the most amazing experiences we had during our trip to Key West was getting to visit Ft. Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas National Park.  It is located 70 miles off the shore of Key
West and that is a long boat ride, but so worth it to get to see the amazing views and learn all of the history that goes along with it.

There are chartered boats and a ferry you can take to the island, but we were lucky enough to be on a private boat with a captain who was very familiar with the area. It was unreal to be out in the middle of the ocean on our drive over and then to look up and see this huge brick fort covering the entire island.

 Ft. Jefferson is the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere and the fort is made up of over 16 million bricks.  That just blew our mind knowing that this was built in the middle of the ocean in the 1800's, with no easy access to mainland.

The architecture was amazing and walking through the fort gave us all a sense of what it would have been like years ago.  The arched windows and passageways, along with the brick details were so fascinating and we all loved seeing the moat and learning how it helped to protect the fort.

The views from the top of the fort were breathtaking.  Seriously the most beautiful sights I have ever seen.

If you ever get the opportunity to go visit this amazing place I would say jump on it in a heartbeat.  It is something I will remember forever and an experience like none other!

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