Visitors Travel by Ferry to See Unique Fla. Park

Located approximately 70 miles west of Key West in Florida is Garden Key, the site of historic Fort Jefferson National Monument located within the Dry Tortugas National Park.

National Parks Traveler reported that over 60,000 visitors are either ferried on a state-of-the-art catamaran out of Key West called the Yankee Freedom III or fly there via seaplane every year. It is, without a doubt, one of the least accessible and one of the most remote national parks in the nation and that, as it turns out, is a very good thing.

The grounds are very well cared for and maintained. Time has largely stood still here since the fort’s decommissioning and visitors won’t be inundated with eager tourists that would otherwise threaten to disturb the natural order of things out here. If someone wants to experience this fantastic oasis, then they’ve got to make a special effort to do so. All of these factors ensure that this exceptional chain of islands on the outskirts of the Gulf of Mexico remains the tranquil, raw, and beautiful place that it is.

Besides its isolated geographic location, the thing that sets this national park apart from all the others is that a majority of it isn’t anywhere you can walk or hike to. It’s underwater.

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