The Ultimate Dry Tortugas National Park Quiz

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About This Quiz

Though Dry Tortugas National Park may be remote, it has a lot to offer the adventurous traveler. This wildlife wonderland was discovered by explorers in the 16th century and still boasts a pristine coral reef, which is a favorite of divers and snorkelers. Take our quiz to learn more about this magical national park.

In which U.S. state is Dry Tortugas National Park located?

One of the most remote national parks in the United States, Dry Tortugas National Park is located in the Gulf of Mexico about 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Key West, Florida.

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The Dry Tortugas is a group of small:

The Dry Tortugas is a group of seven tiny islands. Tortugas National Park protects 100 square miles (2589 square kilometers) of sea, sand and coral reefs around these islands.

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How can visitors reach remote Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida?

To reach remote Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida, visitors must travel by boat or seaplane, and must bring food, water and shelter along with them. The entrance fee to the park is $5 per adult for seven days.

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The Dry Tortugas National Park visitor center is in Fort:

The Dry Tortugas National Park visitor center is in Fort Jefferson, the largest coastal fort in the United States. The visitor center is open all year round.

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What is the name of the campground at Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida?

The campground at Dry Tortugas National Park is called the Garden Key Campground. It accepts visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Which 16th century explorer sailed through the waters off the southwestern coast of Florida in 1513?

Ponce de Leon sailed through the waters off the southwestern coast of Florida in 1513 and named them Las Tortugas ("the turtles").

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Which of the following is a favorite activity of visitors to Dry Tortugas National Park?

At the Dry Tortugas National Park, you can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and bird-watching. The islands boast beautiful warm waters, white sandy beaches and a pristine coral reef.

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In which year was Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida established?

Dry Tortugas National Park, off of the southwestern coast of Florida and covering 64,700 acres (261.8 square kilometers), was established in 1992.

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Which of the following colorful species of wildlife can you find at Dry Tortugas National Park?

Among the colorful wildlife species you can find at Dry Tortugas National Park are blue-and-yellow-striped grunts, red or turquoise parrotfish, flat angelfish and trumpetfish as well as sharks and barracudas.

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How many shipwrecks are there within the boundaries of Dry Tortugas National Park?

Pirates and tropical storms are blamed for the many shipwrecks found within the boundaries of Dry Tortugas National Park. Some of the wrecks date back to the late 17th century.

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Dry Tortugas National Park is a major stopover point for:

Dry Tortugas National Park, situated on a main flyway between North and South America, is a major stopover for migratory birds.

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During which season do major north-south bird migrations take place?

Major north-south bird migrations take place in the spring and fall, when dozens of species may be seen in a single day in Dry Tortugas National Park.

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During the month of _____, 100,000 sooty terns nest on Bush Key, where the females lay their eggs.

During the month of February, 100,000 sooty terns nest on Bush Key, where the females lay their eggs and share protecting duties with the males. The birds stay in the Tortugas until the babies are old enough to migrate on their own.

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How many eggs do sea turtles lay at one time?

Females sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach at Dry Tortugas National Park, digging a hole in the sand and laying about a hundred golf-ball-sized eggs.

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Where in Fort Jefferson can you see a series of arched doorways?

At the gallery on the first floor of Fort Jefferson you can see an intriguing series of arched doorways that make for great photo ops.

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What is the name of the lighthouse on Loggerhead Key at Dry Tortugas National Park?

The lighthouse on Loggerhead Key, the highest of the islands at Dry Tortugas National Park, is known as Dry Tortugas Light Station.

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Which species of birds can you see on Dry Tortugas during the migration season?

If you visit the park during migration season, you'll be able to photograph many different species of birds including western sandpipers, double-crested cormorants, falcons, terns, pelicans and a wide variety of warblers.

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On which island is Fort Jefferson located?

Fort Jefferson is located on Garden Key and was planned as a massive fortification (the largest coastal fort in the country) to control access to the Gulf of Mexico.

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During the Civil War, Fort Jefferson was used as a military _____ by the Union Army.

During the Civil War, Fort Jefferson was used as a military prison by the Union Army. In 1908, the United States government declared the island and its surrounding areas a wildlife refuge.

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Some of the walls of Fort Jefferson's brick and masonry structure are _____ thick.

Some of the walls of Fort Jefferson's brick and masonry structure -- the largest in the Western Hemisphere -- are eight feet (2.4 meters) thick and 50 feet (15.2 meters) high.

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