Located just 70 miles west of Key West, Florida, the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson National park lies in crystal gin clear sparkling water. The islands of the Dry Tortugas are surrounded by huge coral reefs making for incredible underwater landscapes well worth a visit while in Key West.
The Dry Tortugas are also a National Park with the Civil War Fort Jefferson located right on one of the island called Garden Key. Built in 1825 this Fort has rich history with many stories to tell. With our trips a free walking tour of Fort Jefferson is available and recommended. You will learn all about the role this Fort played into the Civil War and the visitors that stayed here. You will also learn why it is called the "Dry Tortugas" Along with the great tour you will also see amazing views with breathtaking scenery looking out over the Atlantic and Gulf tropical waters.
Our tours also include snorkeling and swimming to cool off or enjoy the underwater landscape of the Dry Tortugas Coral reefs and abundant marine life. Snorkel gear is included free of charge on all of our trips to the Dry Tortugas.
Read "Island Gen's" experiences from her trip to the Dry Tortugas here as she visited the Fort Jefferson National Park on board the day trip from the Yankee Freedom Catamaran.
Two Ways To Get there
Departing at 8:00 am and returning at 5:00 the ferry will take you on a fast boat ride to the Dry Tortugas. On the way out enjoy a continental breakfast and ample seating with his and hers bathrooms. At the Dry Tortugas snorkel gear and instruction is available with some out island snorkeling excursions. Lunch is provided. A free tourof the Fort is also included.
Departing four times daily, the seaplanes offer you the quickest way to get to the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson. Flight time each way is only about 35 minutes! On the low altitude flight out to our destination expect to see lots of sealife, uninhabited mangrove islands, and shipwrecks. And once we arrive at teh Dry Tortugas you'll have time to get in some great arial photos of Fort Jefferson. Once there, feel free to use the snorkel gear provided by Seaplanes to enjoy some wonderful, shallow snorkeling.