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“Worth the time” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park
Key West, FL
(305) 242-7700
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Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran
Ranked #2 of 160 things to do in Key West
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Cobourg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Worth the time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

All the reviews are spot on, great once in a life time park. It's a tough to reach - we went by seaplane - but the fort, the water, the snorkeling is just too awesome for words

Visited July 2013
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“Key West Gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Book this marvelous trip to the Dry Tortugas/Ft Jefferson National Park when you know your travel dates. Beautiful ride out to the Park with breakfast provided, sit inside with great views, or use the outside decks for a closer look at the wildlife. We were glad to go aboard for lunch and cool off after our tour of Ft Jefferson. Snorkel equipment is provided for amateurs like us. People can bring their own too. Several beaches are available to swim and snorkel, changing rooms are near the dock if needed. We relaxed on the trip back to Key West, water and soft drinks are provided. Beer etc is available for purchase. The crew were all helpful and pleasant, an all-around wonderful experience.

Visited July 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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“Dry Tortugas is a hidden treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

The all day excursion on the Yankee Freedom III is worth every penny. This is a must do! Snorkeling was like swimming in an aquarium! It's a great trip traveling over two hours off Key West to the fort in the middle of the ocean. The entire staff was very pleasant and helpful Throughly enjoyed the entire day!

Visited July 2013
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“If you get the chance you should go....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

We went to the Dry Tortugas in 2010 and really after several trips to Key West, saying we are going to do this next time, we finally did. Absolutely, a fabulous trip! Gorgeous setting, amazing history, more than you think to do, while you are there.
When we went the seaplanes had stopped flying, so we went by catamaran, it's a lengthy trip, but well worth it.

Visited July 2013
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Pleasant Hill, Missouri
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“Secluded, historic, beautiful tropical paradise = perfect day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

I am a serious National Park lover and absolutely loved Dry Tortugas/Fort Jefferson National Park! We took the Key West Seaplane Adventure's seaplane over (AMAZING experience, and described on their attraction's review), and spent two-plus hours at the park. The first 45 minutes of our time was spent walking around, taking tons of pictures and taking in the beautiful sights of Fort Jefferson. I love that the fort is in an 'original state' and that we have the freedom to walk around the three levels of the brick fort, and also along the moat wall surrounding it. The views are beautiful -- I especially enjoyed the panoramic sight from the top of the fort of the interior courtyard and then out to the various shades of incredible blue of the Caribbean surrounding the island. I also marveled at the long hallway of skinny arches located on level two --- be sure not to miss it; wonderful picture opportunity! :)

The entrance fee to the park is extremely low ($5). The self-guided tour shows off all of the features and must-sees of the fort perfectly. Depending upon the year it can be super hot, so be sure to take a hat/sunscreen/sun-protection. I had a SPF surf shirt that I was using for snorkeling and it was perfect for sun protection while walking around the fort.

There is only one entrance into the fort, and the visitor's center/gift shop/exhibits are located directly on the right once you cross the bridge over the moat and walk into the fort. The gift shop and interior exhibits of military artifacts and equipment are very good and interesting --- and also air-conditioned :)

The snorkeling is fantastic! Lots of beautiful coral, sea fans and fish are found in and around the coaling dock remains. A fantastic experience is being able to snorkel IN and AMONG them! (Just be careful with where you hands and feet are in regard to the fragile coral!) A certain part of the sea surrounding the island you can't snorkel in, but from the south coaling area all the way 'around' (the long way around the island) the fort to the north coaling area is all open for snorkeling.

Additional important information: there is no food or water available on the island so be sure to bring your own! When the ferry is docked outside the fort, it's facilities (restrooms, fresh-water showers) are available to everyone in the park. When the ferry is not docked, there are composting toilets available near the beach outside the entrance of the fort. The structure directly in front of the entrance contains changing rooms as well as a room with a guestbook for signing and informational brochures for the park.

Enjoy this beautiful and secluded park --- you won't regret it! :)

Visited July 2013
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