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National Public Lands Day

This aerial photo shows Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas National Park Friday, July 24, 2015. The former Union military prison’s most famous prisoner was Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, who was imprisoned for four year after being convicted of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. On Friday, about 80 of Mudd’s descendants made the pilgrimage to the isolated Gulf of Mexico fort that lies 68 miles west of Key West, Fla., to mark the 150th anniversary of Mudd’s July 24, 1865, arrival. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O’Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Visitors planning a special end-of-summer trip can explore Dry Tortugas National Park and/or Everglades National Park free, in honor of National Public Lands Day. At Dry Tortugas National Park, a variety of remarkable experiences await visitors who venture out to this remote national park, including camping, snorkeling, bird watching, fishing, or just enjoying a view from the top of massive Fort Jefferson– you quickly realize how magical this place can be. Ferries and seaplane services are to waive park entrance fees.