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Dry Tortugas National Park, Key West

Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 3,200+ reviews on the web
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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  • I had been to Key West a number of times and never quite made the time to make the trip to Dry Tortugas/Fort Jefferson. That was a mistake so please don't make the same mistake. The Fort itself is min...  read more »
  • After a sea-plane ride, we arrived at the Fort. Totally worth the trip. This fort is in the middle of no where and you can not drive to this National Park. Plane or boat only. The ride out was great, ...  read more »
  • We had the perfect weather traveling out to the National Park. There were a few showers around us, but we didn't get rained on until the last hour before the boat headed back to Key West. Typical rain...  read more »
  • Fantastic Snorkeling Adventure!!! The ferry ride out there is so much more smooth and fast than I imagined. I imagined it was going to be a more grueling adventure, but it was totally delightful in every way. The fort is very interesting. The water surrounding it is the best part. It's some really great snorkeling. As soon as you get into the water on the north beach you're surrounded by fish and coral, but it's still shallow and easy for kids. The south side has some coral heads which are pretty cool, but they're a swim out. What's really cool is how you can swim all the way around, and there's stuff to see all over. When we were there a giant cloud of tiny baby fish were parked along the north side. There were small tarpon darting all through the cloud and pelicans were dive bombing it. It was so beautiful, words can't describe it, but I have to recommend it for everyone.
  • There are no words to describe! If you are visiting the Keys, there is no question if you should go. Once in a lifetime trip!
  • My girlfriend and I were there in 2006. A great trip. Took almost two hours on the boat to get there. Kind of boring on a boat in the middle of the gulf. I would recommend the shorter seaplane ride. That way you get to spend more time doing the fun stuff while you are there. Lots of history there. They have armed park rangers because people escaping Cuba sometimes try and make it there. This is the least visited National Park in the system. Easy to see why. It makes for a great day trip if you are down in the Keys. Definitely no crowds. Highly recommended.
  • The Dry Tortuga is so awesome!! There is so much to learn and see when you visit this amazing park.. It is a great place for snorkeling, swimming, and sun bathing... The water here is outstanding, so clear you can see the bottom, and every fish that comes near on our visit we seen a few sharks, stingrays, rainbow trout, and much more I have no idea what they were!!! For people that don't know this was an old prison that was built so know one would escape and if somehow they did they would most likely drown or get eaten by a shark.. If you have any interest in these types of things I would highly recommend you to go there..
  • Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortuga is amazing. There a lot history in the site in addition to be one of the most beautiful marine scenery in the world. This place is excellent for a day at the beach, diving and snorkeling. Great attraction while visiting the Florida Keys.
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