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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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  • Even though expensive, take the sea-plane, the first one in the morning. You are all alone for several hours to snorkel and see what you want to see before the next plane and the ferry arrive. Very in...  more »
  • We spent the last four days of 2016 exploring this park and camping in the small campground next to Fort Jefferson for three nights. What a remarkable place. The Fort is well worth exploring, the surr...  more »
  • Was a great trip to a unique place. After a 2.5 hour boat ride, we got to the park. The boat operator offer tours if you want, otherwise you can look around yourself. You are able to get to all levels...  more »
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  • We camped for one night and it was amazing! One of a kind experience sleeping under the most stars I have ever seen in my entire life! Great customer service from the super friendly and knowledgeable park rangers and Yankee freedom staff! Would definitely recommend.
  • Probably one of the coolest places I've ever been. Do the whole day trip and take lunch and snorkeling gear. I can't imagine the beauty on a clear night. If you have a yacht, I would go and spend several days.
  • To get to Port Jefferson Monroe county, Florida you'll need to plan months in advance (unless you have a private boat). Look for this boat : Yankee Freedom- Dry Tortugas Ferry at 100 Grinnell Street, Key West and purchase tickets online. Next, decide if you want to do a day tour or overnight ( you'll need camping gear).. and once there --- walk around, there is much to see both man-made (the structure of the fort ) and nature. Awesome, a once in a lifetime trip if you are going to make one .. at the edge of the USA :)
  • This is easily the most underrated National Parks I've visited. Be sure to take the tour; it is FASCINATING. I'm not much of a snorkeler, but we had a great time swimming around the island, looking at the fish and ruins. Perfect for a day trip from Key West. And you're home in time for dinner.
  • An amazing fort surrounded by beautiful reefs, water, and beaches. Get a dose of history then go snorkeling with colorful fish. Wonderful place to spend a day.