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Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West provided by Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West

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2 adults
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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 07/01/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/01/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
From tropical beaches and plentiful sea life, to historic Fort Jefferson, it's no surprise that Dry Tortugas National Park is a top destination in Key West. Enjoy this singular attraction with this full-day, activity-packed excursion, where you're whisked from Key West by catamaran to enjoy the tropical sights. Beyond the fantastic waterfront views, you can swim and snorkel, visit the fort, and two enjoy meals on the boat—all included.
  • Cruise from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park for a day of sightseeing
  • Enjoy waterfront sights, including Boca Grande Key, and the Marquesas Keys
  • Tour Fort Jefferson, stroll on the beach, and snorkel along the coral reef
  • Get great inclusions—snorkeling gear, breakfast and lunch, and a ferry ride
Important Information
Departure Point
100 Grinnell St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Round-trip ferry service on the Yankee Freedom III
  • Narrated tour of Fort Jefferson available
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • National Park Service Fee (USD15.00)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • We suggest you bring the following: bathing suit, comfortable shoes, towels, sun protection (sunglasses, a hat, sun screen) and camera
  • Reservations are required, you MUST call the local operator to schedule your day trip. Your reservation is NOT confirmed until then
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 300 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Tomaso wrote a review Nov 19
Florence, Italy60 contributions10 helpful votes
Wonderful place to visit. Boat ride is smooth, but keep in mind 2hrs 20mins each way. Take heavy duty bug repellent. Mosquitos were aggressive in certain areas, not on second floor or on top of the fort. Snorkeling was fun. Saw some beautiful fish and sunken anchor along the
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Date of experience: November 2020
1 Helpful vote
Rainman wrote a review Nov 10
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania3 contributions2 helpful votes
After 4 trips to Key West, finally pulled the trigger and made the voyage out to the Tortugas. Another location checked off the Bucket List! We lucked out and chose to go out the day before Hurricane Eta arrived. Bumpy ride both directions but the crew was extra attentive to
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Date of experience: November 2020
2 Helpful votes
RuthAnn W wrote a review Nov 8
Logan, Utah195 contributions49 helpful votes
It was cancelled d/t tropical storm Eta. We received notice 12 hours prior, so we paid for a hotel in Key West and drove there. No ones fault, but so disappointed. Just one more thing to add to the disappointments of 2020.
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Date of experience: November 2020
Pamela R wrote a review Nov 4
Dripping Springs, Texas157 contributions69 helpful votes
After visiting for the day a few years ago we decided we HAD to camp. It was the experience of a lifetime. If you are worried about primitive camping don't be afraid! This was the easiest primitive camping we have ever done! Buying ice off the boat every day was a game
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Date of experience: October 2020
1 Helpful vote
katyykat89 wrote a review Oct 2020
Cleveland, Ohio307 contributions91 helpful votes
This was a bucket list item for my husband! We were on our honeymoon and with COVID a little nervous but decided to mask up and go for it. I was very happy to see 50% capacity and seats marked off, although many of the other guests ignored this and that was annoying, but the
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Date of experience: October 2020
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About the operator

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By: Dry Tortugas National Park
Well worth the visit!
Great day trip 70 miles west of Key West. We went by boat but there are also sea planes that go there. We booked th
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Do It
If you have time, do it. It was so beautiful and unique. However, if you are super worried about COVID know they
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Great snorkeling, horrible mosquitoes.
We had originally planned to at least take the short tour of the fort. But after getting eaten alive for five minut
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Tried multiple times to call to make reservation. No answer or ability to leave a message. So I made a reservation
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We loved this park. There is so much eye candy! The views are endless. The way the holes in the fort walls frame th
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Scuba & history
We came by seaplane and had 2 1/2 hours to spend on the island., We could’ve enjoyed the day! David gave us an info
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Visit to Fort Jefferson
Flew to Fort Jefferson on the seaplane. Beaches were beautiful, but the water was not clear. Fort seems to be well
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Fascinating piece of history - must see!
This trip requires a catamaran ferry ride of two hours each way (separate review) or a seaplane (quicker but more c
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A must do !
Do not miss this trip! We went on the Yankee Freedom (consider some dramamine if the waters will be rough). We we
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Rough seas but great visit
This was our first trip out to Dry Tortugas National Park but it won't be our last. Weather wasn't great and multi
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Worth it
It’s a 2 1/2 hour boat ride, if you are able take a seaplane. If you take the Yankee Freedom, I’d seas are rough, t
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The Highlight of Our Trip to Florida
I have wanted to visit Fort Jefferson Dry Tortugas Nt. Park for 43 years and finally made it. One needs to make onl
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Great day trip!
Well worth the time and money as long as you like boating, snorkeling, swimming, exploring, history, and the weathe
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Well worth visiting
Amazing and gorgeous views. Interesting host. Nice snorkeling. Well worth experiencing the trip via Seaplane Advent
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Wonderful journey into History and Nature! The views have blown us away!
We didn’t know that Yankee Freedom III ferry tickets were sold out several weeks ago. So we had to put our name on
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Key Details
  • Yankee Freedom III, Fort Jefferson, and 2 more
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English
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