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Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park

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Open year round, attractions open during daylight hours.

The Basics

With a name derived from the Spanish word for “turtles,” it might not come as a surprise that wildlife is the main attraction at Dry Tortugas National Park. Escape to these secluded islands on a high-speed catamaran cruise from Key West, during which you can swim and snorkel with dolphins and sea turtles around the park’s coral reef, explore 19th-century Fort Jefferson on Garden Key, and learn about your surroundings from an on-board naturalist. Avid scuba divers can head to Loggerhead Reef, made famous by the Windjammer Wreck—the remains of a Norwegian ship that sank in 1907. If you like bird-watching, take a boat ride to Bush Key, a nesting site for seabirds such as sooty terns and brown noddies.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Key West

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Wonderful Experience!
Jacob_A, Jun 2021
Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West
This was such a wonderful day! Thank you so much to the Yankee Freedom III for a great trip to and from the Dry Tortugas National Park. We were blown away by the history and beauty of this park. We really enjoyed snorkeling around the reef and seeing all of the fish as well! Highly recommend this trip.
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pleasant, relaxing
AMC, May 2021
Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West
This was a lovely trip and the staff was wonderful. The only reason I didn't rate this excellent was because the snorkeling didn't live up to my expectations, but that has nothing to do with trip experience. The food was good and complete. The adjustments that have been made due to Covid were completely acceptable. Staff was always there to help with any and everything.
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Dry Tortugas
Patricia_S, May 2021
Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West
The crew was wonderful, they were incredibly attentive. They were so nice to me while I was seasick. The boat ride was a little rough but the crew was great at reassuring everyone on board.
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Unlike anywhere else
Abigail_E, May 2021
Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West
Boat ride was smooth and beautiful. The fort was awesome, great snorkeling. Lunch could be improved but you can only do a much with boat food.
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Informative tour of the Fort
Steve_L, Apr 2021
Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West
We loved the informative tour of the Fort, the guide was great and enjoyed the stories. We did not go snorkeling but the water was beautiful, and many others did. Food was good.
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Fabulous
Louise_W, Mar 2021
Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West
Crew was great but out tour guide was amazing! He was so passionate about the history and made it interesting and fun! I would recommend going on this trip. It is beautiful and definitely an experience worth doing.
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Experience of a life time
Richa_S, Feb 2021
Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West
It’s considered a bucket list item for so many of us and let me tell you, it was worth it. The fort is magnificent and the island is just so beautiful so serene, it’s a beauty I had never seen before. The staff and crew at the Yankee freedom boat are the nicest people you will meet. This day trip was phenomenal. Food was great and so was the ride.
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A great day trip
Patricia_C, Feb 2021
Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West
Had a perfect day trip to Dry Tortugas, weather was perfect, boat ride was perfect and the tour guide was great
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Amazing day out
Robin, Mar 2021
Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West
Excellent and fun! This tour was well organized and the staff were excellent in preparing the passengers to practice good COVID standards. They heavily emphasized mask wearing and social distancing and the passengers complied. The tour guide, Hollywood, for the fort was fabulous. His story telling ability and passion for his job were exemplary. The entire staff on this tour were friendly, accommodating and exhibited the highest safety standards. The equipment for snorkeling was very good although I did not see many sea creatures. The water, sand and coral were amazing I highly recommend this tour for couples and families. Thank you for a job well done!
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Bluest Water!
amber_h, Dec 2020
Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West
Great trip! The water was beautiful and the snorkeling was amazing! Seeing the fort was also really cool and learning about the history. DO bring bug spray! We got a lot of mesquite bites!
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Incredible beauty and history all in one
LISAK_B, Dec 2020
Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West
Incredible beauty. This was the highlight of our trip to the Florida Keys. We took the ferry, which is 2.5 hours each way. We would have liked to spend more time on the island. The food provided wasn’t great. If you want something good, I suggest bringing your own food and drink. The fort is huge. Our tour guide was very interesting and did a great job. We snorkeled near the fort. We did see a few fish. It was cool to see the forts moat wall underwater. The water is beautiful!
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4 dec 2019
flopesi, Dec 2019
Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West
Very nice trip the dry tortugas national park. Friendly staff and a beautiful isle. We snorkel and see many fishs and we have luck and see an big (in german we called it „Rochen“).

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Plan to drink plenty of water during a day trip to the Dry Tortugas; tours can last 10 hours or more, and it’s easy to get dehydrated without even feeling thirsty.

  • Bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.

  • Some charter boats are wheelchair accessible, but visitors should give advance notice. Fort Jefferson has three floors, with only the first accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Dry Tortugas National Park is located roughly 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Key West, Florida. It is accessible only by boat or seaplane. Public ferries and seaplanes depart regularly to the park, and fishing and dive charters can be booked from the Florida Keys and Naples. Private boats and seaplanes must acquire a permit before entering the park.

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When to Get There

The park is open year-round. Most visitors choose to visit in winter and early spring to avoid summer’s high temperatures and humidity. During the rainy season (May through October), warmer waters and crystal-clear visibility make for superb snorkeling, swimming, and diving. The Middle and East keys are closed from April through October for sea turtle nesting, while Bush Key is closed from January through September for bird nesting.

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The Windjammer Wreck

The history of Dry Tortugas National Park resides both above and below its waters; here, shipwrecks are almost as abundant as marine life. The most famous of these is the Windjammer Wreck. Built in 1875, the NorwegianAvanti—a triple-masted, iron-hulled sailing ship—wrecked on Loggerhead Reef in 1907. Today the site is a perfect spot for both snorkelers and experienced scuba divers. Because it serves as an artificial reef attracting dozens of species of fish, the site is a veritable aquarium of reef-dwelling, free-swimming, and bottom-dwelling life.

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