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About Yankee Freedom III
Discover the eighth wonder of the world aboard the Yankee Freedom II Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry. Cruise in spacious comfort to Fort Jefferson Dry Tortugas National Park seventy miles southwest of Key West. Our veteran captain and friendly crew will take you to one of the most unique and spectacular national parks in the United States. Your trip includes breakfast snack, lunch, snorkel gear and guided tour of the largest brick structure in the United States.
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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.
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Kathleen D wrote a review Yesterday
3 contributions1 helpful vote
This was a wonderful, educational, relaxing tour. Wish the Park Service would allow a longer stay per day. We didn't have enough time to do all we had planned. Would have rated it a 5 star if there hadn't been a raffle on the return ride where most of the money went to the crew. It was presented in such a way that we interpreted this as a way to tip. We had such a super time we purchased an excessive number of tickets as a way to say thanks. Upon debarkation the crew was holding tip buckets for the passengers to drop off their tips. It really left a bad taste in our mouths and put a cloud over the whole, otherwise super, experience.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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chelsey m wrote a review Yesterday
Allenton, Michigan18 contributions5 helpful votes
We had a great time and would certainly recommend to others. The fort tour was very interesting and our guide, Hollywood, was very enthusiastic and passionate about the fort. We saw a lot of cool fish snorkeling and walking along the moat. It was a great day. Would’ve loved 2 more hours there, though, to be able to explore the National park a little more.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Arizona P wrote a review Apr 19
Chandler, Arizona3 contributions
Great trip, great staff! Polite, helpful, informative and professional. I would do this again! Worth the money. Not overcrowded like other national parks
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Riverdowg wrote a review Apr 19
50 contributions17 helpful votes
These guys have it down to a science! We enjoyed our trip to Fort Jefferson/ Dry Tortugas National Park so much that we have booked again. Now, there are other ways of getting there, but the Yankee Freedom has so much more to offer!. Lunch, snacks, FLUSH toilets, snorkel gear, warm water rinse off, changing rooms, and at 1:30... Happy hour!. It's family friendly, The crew was awesome. They were eager to help and wanted to make your trip memorable.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Tiffany4513 wrote a review Apr 14
Chicago, Illinois3 contributions13 helpful votes
I had a fantastic experience taking the Yankee Freedom III to visit Dry Tortugas for the day. The booking process was easy and all online. The instructions regarding preparations for the day (what to bring, how to get there, where to park, etc.) were all also extremely clear from their email communications and on their website. All the details for the trip are very thoughtfully planned out, from the check-in process, to breakfast and lunch, to renting snorkeling gear, to deboarding. The trip to Dry Tortugas from the port in Key West is approximately 2.5 hours, so it will be approximately 5 hours on water total. This seems like a lot, but the time passed very quickly as we spent it looking at the gorgeous waters, looking for fish and sea turtles in the water, etc. The crew also regularly provides updates and/or tidbits of information about the surrounding areas and keys, which was great. One of the highlights of taking the Yankee Freedom III was our tour lead Hollywood. It is clear he LOVES the Dry Tortugas and loves what he does in sharing this beautiful place with others. He was extremely personable and welcoming, and while at the Dry Tortugas, provides both a brief (20 minute) and an extended tour of Fort Jefferson that put the entire trip into context. I don't usually say this about tours, but I learned A LOT and it gave me a whole new appreciation for being at Dry Tortugas! Although you have limited time off the boat (about 4 hours to explore), I would for sure take the time to spend at least the 20 minutes with Hollywood's brief tour of the fort, as I got so much out of it. Next time I come it will be to camp at Dry Tortugas, and we will not hesitate to take the Yankee Freedom again!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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