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“Interesting old fort, great snorkeling”

Dry Tortugas National Park
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Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran
Ranked #2 of 168 things to do in Key West
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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Interesting old fort, great snorkeling”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

This is a day-long trip (2.5 hours each way to get there and back and 4.5 hours on the island) that just flies by. The ferry is big and comfortable with plenty of room inside and out. Once you get to the island, you could easily spend hours exploring Fort Jefferson, but you also want to leave some time to do some snorkeling (they provide all the equipment). They provide an okay breakfast and lunch, with a cash bar that opens in the afternoon. Worth the trip!!

Visited February 2013
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West Cornwall, Connecticut
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“Great experience”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

A visit to Key West must include an excursion to the Dry Tortugas. We chose to go via Yankee Freedom coat which included breakfast and lunch and a tour of Fort Jefferson. The day outing was fun and an adventure. Snorkeling was just okay - there wasn't great visibility but it could have been due to some storms while we were there. A must do!

Visited February 2013
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Keswick, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Worth the Long Journey Out and Back”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

This site is historically, militarily and culturally fascinating and is a must see when visiting Key West. Breakfast and lunch are included in the fee, but any afternoon snacks on the return leg need to be purchased. Our tour guide for Fort Jefferson, Chelsea, was very knowledgeable about the history of the Fort, going into compelling details about the life of Dr. Mudd, for example, but was very loath to entertain questions. Travelers need to be warned that the Fort has no railing on the second or third floors so young children must be carefully monitored to make sure they don't fall off the fort which is easy to do. Finally, if one does seek to snorkel, be sure to around the fort to the right of the port-sally to the back side and then head out in the water with the beach to your right to find coral and fish. Otherwise you may see nothing more than sand. Be aware that the snorkeling is not monitored and the surf can be strong. Be mindful of your own personal swimming capabilities and I suggest you not let kids go into the deeper water without being accompanied by an adult.

Visited February 2013
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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“Best part of my Key West vacation!”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Well organized excursion on new ship sized catamaran zooms you in great comfort 90 miles west to the Dry Tortugas. Good breakfast and lunch are included as is tour of Ft. Jefferson, historic civil war era fort and later prison to Dr. Mudd, convicted as accomplice in assassination of President Lincoln. Snorkel gear is also included. Beaches and swimming or snorkeling while there are fabulous, all included. I consider this trip the high point of a week in Key West...because it has it all, crystal waters filled with wildlife, swimming, snorkeling, a long relaxing boat ride, access to a remarkable unspoiled place, and a window into the Carribbean. I'll return for the camping in the national park in the future. The birding here is amazing....I added 10 new species to my lifetime list!

Visited February 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“The water was amazing!”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

It was a great trip! The water was so clean and in different shade of turquoise. Great snorkeling. The park ranger gave a fascinating history/story of the Fort/park.

Visited February 2013
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