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“Top notch day!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park
Key West, FL
(305) 242-7700
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Ranked #1 of 69 Attractions in Key West
Type: National Parks, Outdoors
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“Top notch day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Looking for something a little off the beaten path? The Dry Tortugas National Park, a mere 70 miles west of Key West in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico is an excellent place to visit. One of the least visited National Parks due to its difficult to reach location, this is a great place to spend some time. There are 3 options for reaching the park. The first is by private plane, which can be a bit pricey, but is the fastest choice. The second is by private boat, which is cheaper, but can be pricey if you don't actually own the boat.

The last option which we opted for, was to take a private ferry, the Yankee Freedom III, which makes daily trips and allows you to spend 4 hours on the island. The trip itself takes about 2 hours, 15 minutes each way, but is well worth it. You even get breakfast and lunch included, and the boat comes with multiple bathrooms for the passengers. The seats are comfortable and the crew is pleasant and knowledgeable.

During your time on the island, you can explore the old Fort Jefferson, spend time lounging on two beautiful beaches and go snorkeling (snorkeling gear included in the price of the ferry). This is definitely worth the trip (and the requirement that you wake up super early in the morning to be there for the 7:30 AM boarding time).

Visited March 2013
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“Outstading trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

We did the ferry over to Dry Tortuga and was both surprised and impressed! The breakfast going over was not stale pastry and juice, it was yogurt, fresh fruit, bagels, cereal, hard boiled eggs and wonderful!
The trip was smooth, the crew was friendly and attentive, the park was clean and the snorkeling was AMAZING! Announcements were made about various islands that we cruised past, making the trip pass very quickly. Snorkel gar was available and if there were problems, gear was switched out quickly. Clear, warm and wonderful water, lots of fish to see, coral to explore and just a great adventure! Do not have to be a strong swimmer, just willing t float, if you want!
Lunch was available for several hours and was equally impressive.
The trip home included a cash bar that included wonderful mixed frozen drinks! Docked by 5pm, just in time for the evening events!

Visited May 2013
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Key West, Florida
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“A perfect Day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

We took the sea plane out to the park and it was the most perfect day! I got to see so much more from the air than if I had taken the boat! The snorkeling was amazing!!! The water was so clear and there are so many neat places to explore around the whole island! I can't wait to go back!

Visited June 2012
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“Great 1 day getaway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

The fort is very well taken care of. It has a lot of interesting things to look at on land. The snorkeling isn't that great because there aren't that many areas for fish to hide. The beach is beautiful. There were a few people camping but there are only 4-5 spots where you can set up and have tree cover; some were set up in direct sun, I couldn't imagine staying there without tree cover in the summer. We took a seaplane to get there; it cost $280.00 pp and took 40 minutes. The boat cost in the mid hundreds but takes over 1.5 hours each way. It was worth the xtra money to not spend half the day on a boat. The airplane service we used was seaplane adventures; they provided drinks and snorkel equipment for free.

Visited April 2013
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“A bucket list trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

We visited Fort Jefferson & the Dry Tortugas by boat aboard the Yankee Freedom II. The trip itself was as good as it could be considering the choppy seas. The breakfast & lunch that were a part of the boat ticket were satisfactory. I was grateful for all of the coffee after a late night out in Key West prior to the trip!

As far as the actual Fort Jefferson / Dry Tortugas National Park experience goes -- it is something that I will always remember, despite the fact the weather was overcast & the high temp only hit 72 that day. I was super disappointed that the water was so cloudy because we weren't able to enjoy snorkeling as much as I'd hoped, but the fort itself is so cool & you do need a couple of hours to explore every nook & cranny. Even without the snorkeling & doing a self-guided tour, the trip would have been worthwhile. To be sitting in the middle of the ocean on an old naval fort is a completely unique experience. The next time I go back, I hope I can take advantage of the snorkeling more!

Visited January 2013
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