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Explore natural Wonders on tortuga island

Like a page out of Robinson Crusoe, this remote island chain, just 70 miles from Key West, is a land of unique wildlife, white sand and and a storied history. Explore Fort Jefferson, a Civil War prison fort, that still stands guard over this uninhabited land. Cool off in crystal clear waters, where abundant marine life makes for unforgettable snorkeling adventures. Discover the more than 300 species of birds that call these isolated islands home throughout the year. Or, embrace your inner outdoor adventurer with an overnight stay under the stars, where the only sounds you'll hear are gentle waves lapping the shore.


Prices -

 Day Trips: $175 (adults), $125 child (4-16), $165 students 17+ w/ID, active military and seniors $165. Prices include round-trip ferry, breakfast & lunch, snorkel equipment, narrated fort tour and entrance to Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson.

Hours -

 Depart Key West at 8:00 a.m., but guests must check-in at the ferry terminal by 7:00 a.m. Ferry departs Fort Jefferson at 3:00 p..m. and you return to Key West by 5:15 p.m.


  • Narrated Fort Tours
  • Dry Tortugas Museum
  • Audubon Birding Visits


  • Historic Tours
  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Beach
  • Birdwatching
  • Exploring


  • is fishing allowed at dry tortugas?

    If you want to fish the crystal clear waters of Dry Tortugas National Park, you'll need a valid State of Florida salt water fishing license. Be sure to purchase one before you get on the ferry, since you cannot buy one on board. Once you arrive, be sure to avoid the prohibited fishing areas: the moat, moat wall and within 300 feet of the moat wall; the heli-pad area, North and South Beaches and vessels moored at the Garden Key Dock.
  • Where does the ferry depart from?

    Your adventure to paradise aboard the Yankee Freedom III begins at the Key West Ferry Terminal, 100 Grinnell Street in the Historic Seaport. You can park at the City Parking Garage on Grinnell Street (across the corner from the Ferry Terminal) for $13 per day.
  • How to get to Dry Tortugas from Key West?

    The Dry Tortugas National Park is about a 2 hours 15 minutes' ride on the Yankee Freedom Ferry. Another exciting way to see Dry Tortugas is by seaplane. Charters leave Key West for morning, afternoon, and full-day tours. Know what's more to do around Key West.

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