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Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West

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Key West, United States
Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West
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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Escape to the secluded islands and tropical beaches off the coast of Key West on this guided, full-day adventure to historic Dry Tortugas National Park. History buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike will love this unique voyage, where getting there is half the fun on board the Yankee Freedom III, a luxurious, state-of-the-art catamaran. Enjoy snorkeling (equipment provided) in the crystal blue waters and take in the military fort, national park, campground, sandy beaches and coral reefs that make this area special. Breakfast and lunch included.
  • Day trip from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park
  • Ride a spacious catamaran across the tropical seas
  • Enjoy spectacular views and learn about your surroundings from an on-board naturalist
  • Cruise past Boca Grande Key, the Marquesas Keys and the Rebecca Shoal Channel
  • Swim or snorkel around the park’s coral reef with ocean life such as dolphins and sea turtles
  • Enjoy breakfast and lunch on the boat
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Round-trip ferry service on the Yankee Freedom III
Narrated tour of Fort Jefferson available
Snorkeling equipment
Breakfast and lunch
National Park Service Fee (USD15.00)
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
100 Grinnell St , 100 Grinnell St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Ferry departs from the terminal.

7:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
This 10-hour journey departs from Key West on board the Yankee Freedom III, a luxurious, state-of-the-art, high-speed catamaran that ferries passengers from Key West to Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson National Park. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and take in the scenic beauty while cruising 70 miles off the coast through the Gulf of Mexico, listening to the naturalist tour guide describe the surroundings and the history of the national park.

Dry Tortugas National Park is located inside Fort Jefferson, one of the largest coastal forts ever built. This seven-island cluster is comprised of coral reefs and sand — and famous for its bird and marine life, as well as legends of pirates and sunken gold. 

This tour includes a variety of exciting activities and amazing scenery while providing a sense of history. Begin with a 45-minute tour of the fort, then wander the beach looking for seashells and watching tropical birds swooping through the air. Try a bit of swimming or snorkeling around the coral reef, looking for dolphins and sea turtles in the warm, tropical water. Visitors agree, this is the best place for snorkeling in the Florida Keys.

Time for a break? Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on board the boat or along the shore.

Spend any remaining time sightseeing or wandering the island, then reboard the boat mid-afternoon and enjoy the trip back to Key West. Relax on the deck with a refreshing beverage from one of the onboard bars (own expense) and soak up the remaining rays of the sun — a perfect ending to a perfect day of outdoor fun and adventure.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • We suggest you bring the following: bathing suit, comfortable shoes, towels, sun protection (sunglasses, a hat, sun screen) and camera
  • Reservations are required, you MUST call the local operator to schedule your day trip. Your reservation is NOT confirmed until then
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 300 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Historic Tours Of America - Dry Tortugas
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West.
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What is the social distancing policy during Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West.

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  • "If you want something good, I suggest bringing your own food and drink." See review
  • "Definitely recommend this tour for the National Park experience - but also is so gorgeous out there!" See review

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star-5
best attraction in the keys
Greg_H
, Oct 2021
Amazing history, scenery and experience that is unforgettable. The fort was very picturesque and the snorkeling was very exciting. I loved the self exploring nature of the trip.
star-5
Cool Experience
Nicole_C
, Oct 2021
This is a long day but it is worth it! The ferry ride was about 2 1/2 hours long. The staff was very nice. The breakfast and lunch was better than I expected. Very cool experience!
star-5
This trip was very...
Rhonda_A
, Oct 2021
This trip was very interesting and the scenery is beautiful!!! I do feel that the information given prior to the trip needs to be more detailed. The paperwork says departure time 7:00 A.M. when it's actually the check-in time and you don't depart for more than an hour after that. The ride to the island is 2.5 hours and you have about three hours on the island. It would have been helpful if they had given information about breakfast and lunch. I would have brought snacks and drinks. The crew was great!!! They were very friendly and helpful!! I wish the bar had opened a little sooner but no biggie!! Things I didn't think about - being out of cellphone range! This was difficult only because we had things going on at home that we needed to be in contact with family. Definitely worth doing!!!
star-2
Purchasing tickets on the...
Eric_C
, Oct 2021
Purchasing tickets on the site was fine. In Key West the ticket counter where we were supposed to pick up our tickets the day before our trip was closed2 hours before the stated time. The email that said download tickets s kept going around in circles. Ticket pick up weds to improve.
star-5
A great experience. Wished it could have been a couple hours longer.
Tim_V
, Oct 2021
Snorkeling alone the moat and piling. Saw many types of fish and the most and varied coral of my week on beaches in the tropics.
star-5
Covid protocol was excellent!
Karaline_P
, Oct 2021
Hollywood and the boat staff were wonderful and very knowledgeable ! I would definitely recommend your Tour to others.
star-5
Our adventure to Fort Jefferson Dry Tortuga!
Lyndashuttlesworth
, Oct 2021
I wanted to see the lighthouse and know the lighthouse will be beautiful when the restoration is complete. It is a beautiful location and enjoyed our visit. The staff of the ferry were amazing. Making and serving all the guest breakfast, lunch and afternoon drinks. I especially appreciated their pointing out points of interest on our trip to the fort.
star-5
We had a very good time....
Richard_M
, Sep 2021
We had a very good time. The fort is very interesting and I wish we had more time. The beach are clean.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Reef and coral heads were...
Waide_V
, Sep 2021
Reef and coral heads were amazing. We saw a huge variety of fish including a nurse shark. We might try camping next year.
star-5
What a great day!
Rhonda_M
, Sep 2021
The boat ride was beautiful and once we got to Fort Jefferson it was spectacular. The optional tour gave great information and the snorkeling was some of the best we’ve seen. It’s a don’t miss opportunity!

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