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Dry Tortugas National Park
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Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran
Ranked #2 of 180 things to do in Key West
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

Raelly interesting to find out all the information about the Island.The breakfast on the way over on the ferry boat is very good and the lunch is very enjoyable.Also plenty of water or soft drinks available.The staff and the guides all very knowledgeable.The sea can be a bit choppy so I would advise anyone prone to seasickness to invest in some medication beforehand.I would highly recommend this as one of the trips to do on any stay in Key West.Overall,an excellent day out.

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Reviewed February 12, 2014

We take the 2pm seaplane flight with Key West Seaplane Adventures to Dry Tortugas National Park. Once we arrive at their office at the Key West Airport, we are given small coolers with water and soft drinks. Snorkel gear is also provided. We watch a short video about the flight and the island we are going to visit. John is our pilot. We board the plane that holds 10 passengers plus the pilot. Seats are unassigned but it is suggested that you sit in the same seat on the return flight to allow everyone the opportunity to see the scenery from both sides. While boarding the seaplane, a taller person may need to watch their head as they walk down the short aisle to take a seat. Every passenger has a window seat and wears a headset to hear music and narration. It is a scenic 40 minute flight to Garden Key where Fort Jefferson is located. During the low altitude flight (about 500 feet), John provides us with information about the land and sea we are seeing. When we arrive at Garden Key, John circles the seaplane around Fort Jefferson so everyone can see an outstanding aerial view of it. Then he maneuvers the seaplane to the beach so we do not get our feet wet when stepping from the seaplane onto the island. We have 2.5 hours on our own to do what we want and at the pace we want to do it. An added bonus - the ferry is leaving the island when we arrive so the crowds are gone. The Dry Tortugas are rich in natural beauty and history. When our time on the island is over, we board the seaplane and enjoy a smooth flight back to Key West.

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Reviewed February 12, 2014

A wonderful 2 1/2 hour catamaran ride is rewarded with a chance to explore a wonderful treasure. The Fort is awesome and the tour very interesting. The food and service both ways (breakfast in morning and lunch while there) were very nice. If you have any tendency to sea sickness take meds an hour or more before departure. The ride is very stable but at times seas can be rough.

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Reviewed February 11, 2014

It does take a full day as you leave at 8am and return at 5pm but it is well worth it. The boat is plenty big, the lunch and breakfast are good and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The fort was huge and hard to believe it could be built way out in the middle of the ocean. I wasn't sure how my wife would do going out that far but she was fine and also enjoyed the trip. I would go again!

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Reviewed February 10, 2014

This is the latest upgrade to a fantastic vessel and crew. The three-hour ship ride to The Dry Tortugas National Park was made even more enjoyable by the latest in the line of the Yankee Freedom. It is a two level catamaran that is supported by an outstanding and dedicated staff of employees. A nutritious breakfast is served on the main deck, food that is included in the rather expensive cost of the tour. After reaching Fort Jefferson and spending an hour or so on either a guided tour staffed by one of the knowledgeable employees, a filling nutritious lunch is served, again on the main deck. Again, there is no additional charge for either the tour or the lunch. The visitors on board then are able to get snorkeling gear, again without charge, to enjoy a delightful undersea tour with all sorts of denizens at a private beach. On the return to Key West, beer is available for a small fee, while bottled water and soft drinks are free.

I am positive that this will be the most memorable activity during your visit to the American Tropical Island of Key West, Florida. I lived in Key West for seven years during the 1970s and still have been unable to find any more enjoyable activity. This is a 'must see' for couples, families, friends or by yourself -- you WILL make new friends during this visit. We have made the tour more than a half-dozen times, and still look forward to even more visits.

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