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Dry Tortugas National Park, Key West

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Encompassing the most isolated and far-flung islands of the Florida Keys, Dry Tortugas National Park showcases vibrant coral reefs, tropical landscapes, and an island fortress. Set in the Gulf of Mexico nearly 109 km (68 mi) away from Key West, the park can be accessed only by sea. You climb aboard the official ferry service licensed by park authorities to reach the seven islands. Stop by the visitor center located inside Fort Jefferson, a 19th-century brick castle occupying the second-largest islet, for information on the park's history, oceanic ecology, and archaeology. Watch carefully for some of the park's nearly 300 species of birds, including nesting pelicans, terns, and frigatebirds. Add Dry Tortugas National Park and other attractions to your Key West trip itinerary using our Key West family vacation planner.
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  • This was an expensive trip but was well worth it! the ferry ride, the tour of Fort Jefferson and the snorkeling! Everyone on the ferry was great! Especially Hollywood and Sweeney! A very well organize...  more »
  • Dry Tortugas National Park was in my bucket list and I got to go this May 2017. It was truly worth the 2-1/2 hour boat ride from Key West. The Yankee Freedom ferry leaves the port at 8 am but boarding...  more »
  • We loved this place! The boat ride is about 2.5 hours each way, so come prepared. Breakfast and lunch are served on the catamaran, and snacks and drinks are available for purchase on the way back. At ...  more »
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  • This is now my favorite‚Äč National Park. We were only able to camp for one night on our trip but I already want to go spend more time here. The park rangers were knowledgeable, safety conscience, and very helpful. Fort Jefferson is really fun to explore in the rain, in the sun, in the day and at night. I loved camping here. We met some new friends who were birding. They taught us about several species of birds I never heard of. And I named the campground walk way "hermit crab way", there were so many.
  • Another "must see". Extremely beautiful place. Amazing history behind the the fort. It was good going there but water got a little rough on the way back. Very informative staff. Definitely one of our highlights of our vacation.
  • Beautiful, isolated island you can visit either by seaplane (300$ and up round) or ferry (180$ return), besides private boat. A maximum of 10 campers are allowed every day on the boat but you must book months in advance, and then take everything you'll need during your stay. What you get is good snorkel, wandering inside Fort Jefferson, lots of magnificent fish and birds and other animals, quiet beaches, peace and calm. If you have a kayak you can bring it on the ferry and paddle to Loggerhead Key weather allowing. You can visit Garden Key, where Fort Jefferson is, all year round, but the neighboring Bush Key is only open to visitors from about December to March. One should appreciate the hard work of rangers and workers in Fort Jefferson - pay a visit to the visitor store, where you can learn more about the fort and island, have your national park passport stamped and buy some nice souvenirs.
  • Great national park. Make the trip you won't be sorry. Very fun day with a great boat ride. Lots to see, beautiful beaches and loads of History. From kids to Seniors all will enjoy this trip.
  • Absolutely beautiful, not commercial, nature at it's best. Great for swimming, snorkeling, picnicking. Also fabulous historical structure that is truly intriguing. All in all a little piece of heaven.