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“Dry Tortugas”

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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Miami, Florida
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“Dry Tortugas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. This is a must see. Great day of snorkeling and exploring the fort.

Visited August 2013
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Nicholasville, Kentucky
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“Great day tour~”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

This is a fun trip. You get a nice boat ride out to the park. It's a ferry, so don't expect anything too nice. The park was very interesting - I had no idea about the history of it. We took snorkel gear and spend an hour or so snorkeling. The kids can run around and play pirates. A great way to spend a day in Key West.

Visited June 2013
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

I am so glad that my girlfriend and I decided to take this trip!

After talking with our inn keeper at the Key West Bed and Breakfast, we decided to take this trip on Saturday. It was a little pricey, but the boat trip, history, and snorkeling was well worth it!

Our trip started with a departure at 8am. We were served breakfast. Nothing fancy, but they had hard boiled eggs, ham, cheeses, fruit, bagels/bread, yogurt, milk/juice, and cereal. Basically a continental hotel breakfast.

The boat ride is about 2.5 hrs. The guide and captain will point out other islands along the way as well as historical trade/warship routes. I enjoy the history portion, so hearing these things was awesome. When you don't feel like sitting take a bit to walk around the boat, especially the outside deck. Take in the Ocean Breeze and relax outside.

When you arrive and step off the boat they have organized tours around the National Park. You are also welcome to walk around freely, taking in the sites (which is what we chose to do). The history is remarkable on this island, especially seeing where Dr. Mudd was imprisoned.

When you've had enough of the tour, strap on a snorkel (provided, but we brought our own) and hop in the water. There are plenty of fish (saw some barracudas and some jelly fish) and things to see. You can also just lay out on the beach and relax.

Lunch is provided, with fixings for sandwiches as well as potato salads and water/soda provided. They open the bar around 2pm as well, so you can purchase beer and mixed drinks as well as candy/assorted treats that aren't included with the lunch. The drinks are pretty fairly priced with a beer at 3$ (4$ for a premium beer) and 5$ for a mixed drink (6$ for a frozen drink). They take cash and credit, but there is a 15$ minimum with a credit card.

The ride back was just as easy as the ride in, getting you back around 5.

Overall a fantastic trip!

Visited August 2013
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“It's a "must see" kind of place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

so pleased we finally made the trip! Starting with the super clean boat, to the exceptional crew to the tasty food. And the great history lesson and narration. The fort itself was interesting, hard to imagine the amount of people and bricks and boats so many years ago!! Unfortunately there were a lot of jellyfish so unable to swim or snorkel. I wish there was a little more to do on the island, but I guess you can't change history!!

Visited August 2013
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Rossville, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Hard to get to, hard to forget!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

The Dry Tortugas National Park is located 68 miles west of Key West and only accessible by the Yankee Freedom III Ferry, Biplane, or private boat. For Jefferson is an imposing fortress made up of 16 million bricks! Star gazing at night was one of our favorite things to do since we camped for two nights, but watching the sunset, and snorkeling were also exceptional. Great trip for a couple or family.

Visited September 2013
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