Dry Tortugas National Park

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Dry Tortugas National Park
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Teardrop Trailer Traveler
United States683 contributions
Dry Tortugas National Park
Dec 2020
Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the most remote units in the National Park System. We took the ferry to the park. It's about an hour and a half ride each way. After arriving, we did the free guided tour of Fort Jefferson, then went snorkeling from the beach.

It's an early morning departure, but well worth it. The tour was good, but I wish we had more time to explore the island. Be advised, they don't allow you to leave personal items on the ferry, so pack light. We brought our own snorkeling equipment, but you can get equipment on sight. (I can't remember if there is a fee for it or not.) Breakfast and lunch is also include and there are beverages and snacks for sale.

Also, heed the crew's warning and take anti-seasickness medication. The waters can be choppy. Several people got sick on the way out and a lot of folks got sick on the way back.

Garden Key is beautiful and Fort Jefferson is impressive. The snorkeling was excellent and the water was warm. I definitely recommend visiting the park. If I was to go again, I'd likely camp for a few nights or take the seaplane flight out, to get more time on the island.
Written November 27, 2021
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Glen O
10 contributions
Dry Tortugas National Park
Nov 2021
A must for anyone going to the Keys !! Beautiful boat ride to the island and lots of fun to explore the the property and snorkel around the island ...TIP : Book your trip early. The boats fill up fast.
Written November 23, 2021
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skylanegal
Leander, TX137 contributions
Excellent day full of history
Nov 2021
We took the ferry to Dry Tortugas. Fort Jefferson is very interesting and the tour guide did a great job explaining the purpose of the fort and the construction. It is beautiful out on the island and nice to be able to enjoy the beach after exploring the fort. The seas were rough on the way back, but the ferry crew did their best to mitigate and make people comfortable.
Written November 19, 2021
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Sunseekergirl77
Moorhead, MN845 contributions
Awesome!
May 2021
We have been to Dry Tortugas a couple of times, all on the Yankee Freedom. Be sure to book far in advance, this tour books up fast! Make sure to take some kind of motion sickness pills.. If you start feeling sick, let a staff member know, fresh air also helps a lot. I like to step out and get a breath of fresh air frequently. Staff on the boat are very attentive.
We parked in the parking garage a block or so away from the docks. People start lining up to get checked in for this tour very early and the order of checkin is also the order used to board the boat You may have to share table space with other couples, families, etc. We prefer to sit in the tables along the outside wall of the main cabin.
The water gets 'deep' pretty fast, around 7+ feet all along the moat wall. We brought a couple of float noodles and our own snorkel gear. We also used waterproof bags on a necklace to keep our cell phones and valuables in while we were snorkeling. We attached a little buoy to it as well just in case it came off some how. This worked really well and also allowed us to use our cell phones to take pics and videos while out in the water, in addition to one person using the go pro camera
Due to covid, everyone must wear their mask at all times while on the boat. Once on the island you did not have to wear your mask. This is a beautiful destination and worth the hassle/expense to see at least once, especially if you are a NP aficionado or want to take some Instagram worthy photos!
Written November 17, 2021
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Lulu Sy
Orlando, FL2 contributions
Dry Tortugas National Park, Keywest, Fl
Very unique, blue green clear pristine water, white sandy beaches, rich in nature and history as well. Will absolutely recommend to family, relatives and friends.
Written November 15, 2021
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Stewart A
Fort Wayne, IN66 contributions
Once in a Lifetime Experience
Nov 2021 • Couples
Really enjoyed our boat guide (Hollywood) giving us the history of the fort. It was very interesting.
Written November 10, 2021
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Kathy M
31 contributions
Amazing place to visit
Mar 2021 • Couples
Long ferry ride there and back but worth the voyage if you are interested in history and adventure. So much information and lots to see and do. There is even a Tern hatchery! You can also snorkel while you are there, but if you do be sure to bring dry clothes for the way back or it will be a cold wet return trip on the ferry.
Written November 5, 2021
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Tesa Owens
Valparaiso, FL43 contributions
Interesting History and Gorgeous Island
Aug 2021 • Friends
This is an amazing place to visit. Walk around the mote and make sure you find the stair case and go upstairs. This place has so much history. If you plan to snorkel, I highly recommend once you get off the ferry to go to the left and snorkel around the mote wall and stay close to the wall so you can see the coral & fish. You have to get to the fort by ferry or seaplane. Worth noting if you have small children beware if you go upstairs there are no railings or anything to keep someone from falling. Suggestion, bring good walking shoes the floors in the fort are old and there are uneven surfaces. I love that the National Park Service has tried to keep this fort in its original condition. There are still parts of the buildings that burned years ago. I will definitely do this again it was not a one and done experience.
Written October 31, 2021
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SteamPman
Stevensville, MI17 contributions
Park Rangers Should Lead Park Tours
Oct 2021 • Family
Park was great. Visit if you can. Great history and lovely swimming. Bring watershoes if you go swimming. I wish the tour of the fort was led by a park ranger. Hollywood from the boat was too reliant on using emphasis and repeating himself. NAI training, which takes notes from the training given to park rangers, would go a long way to help Hollywood and any other guides from the Yankee Freedom. Seriously, the history of the fort is interesting and he turned me off to the point I left twice. Once to go to visitor center to get stamp and again to take toddler to get lunch.
Written October 30, 2021
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Jeffrey S
Enfield, CT8 contributions
This must be on your to do list while in Key West!
Oct 2021
We traveled to Dry Tortugas via the Yankee Freedom. What an amazing day! I have been to Key West three times before, not sure why I never did this trip before, I highly recommend it! The beauty of the aqua ocean, the boat ride, the snorkeling, the history, it is a must!!!
Written October 30, 2021
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