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Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West

Key West, United States

From US$190,00

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 10 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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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What's Included

  • 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

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 100 Grinnell St
    100 Grinnell St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

    Ferry departs from the terminal.

Start time

07:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

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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    Traveler Tips

    If you want something good, I suggest bringing your own food and drink.
    Definitely recommend this tour for the National Park experience - but also is so gorgeous out there!
    373 reviews
    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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    Joseph_B, Feb 2023
    Colour of the water and brief 20 minute history of fort. Ferry trip is quite long but is worth effort.
    Eh, ok trip
    Rick_T, Jan 2023
    Nice boat ride. Helpful crew and knowlegeable tour guide. Not reall worth the money for what we got.
    Great trip!
    Susan_U, Jan 2023
    Loved hearing the history. The scenery was gorgeous. We were disappointed in the snorkeling. However the water was beautiful!
    Nicely done!
    Jennifer_S, Jan 2023
    Great historical information from the guide. Lunch was great as were all the other amenities. Not the best snorkeling but that was likely weather related.
    Beautiful Island!
    Iola_K, Jan 2023
    An Amazing Place! I would come here again! Beautiful! We were treated like royalty from everyone!! We had a great lunch and breakfast. Went snorkeling and swimming. Walk all through the fort.
    Wonderful trip!!!
    Candy_S, Jan 2023
    Great experience. Ship crew was amazing!!! The fort is beautiful. The water is amazing!!! Food provided was wonderful. They took great care with my gluten allergy providing wonderful food!!
    Anniversary trip
    Michael_A, Dec 2022
    It was awesome trip and your, beaches were beautiful . Staff were so helpful and added so much to the trio
    Great time!
    Crystal_V, Dec 2022
    This was a great tour! Well worth the price and 2.5 hour ferry ride each way. Breakfast and lunch were sufficient and a nice selection for bar and snacks. Crew was great!
    Too expensive for what...
    Ola_L, Nov 2022
    Too expensive for what you got. Inside of boat was freezing. Late leaving because they waited for late passengers. We missed the sunset celebration because of this. When you say leaving at 2:45 - leave at 2:45!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Bucket list National Park experience, worth the effort!
    Bethany_P, Nov 2022
    Took the Yankee freedom ferry to spend the day out at Dry Tortugas. The captain and crew did a great job getting us there through choppy seas and our guide taught us a great deal about Fort Jefferson, the park and its history. Amazing experience, highly recommended!
    Misleading title
    Laura_M, Nov 2022
    This is not a catamaran tour as the title states…. It is the standard ferry to the island. Extremely disappointed in the incorrect marketing.
    Great view in Dry...
    Huian_W, Nov 2022
    Great view in Dry Tortugas. Definitely worth going. The tour guides are friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the trip.
    It was beautiful and the...
    Sheri_K, Oct 2022
    It was beautiful and the cultural part was so great. The boat ride and crew could not have been better or more attentive!!!!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Book now! You won’t regret it!
    Jonathan_L, Oct 2022
    The fort history was extremely interesting as well as exploring the fort itself. Just an overall amazing day.
    We’ll come back
    John_J, Sept 2022
    Great trip!! Awesome staff!! They were extremely friendly and attentive. We really enjoyed the fort.
    Bad business practice
    George_P, Sept 2022
    We were not able to go but they have a no cancellation policy and we could not reschedule a new date. We would not recommend this experience as they will take your money even if you give them 6 months notice you will not be able to travel.
    Beautiful place to experience history
    Wanda_S, Sept 2022
    Very interesting touring the island and reading about it’s history. There are a couple of small beaches with crystal clear water that you can relax on and go snorkeling.
    Beauty and the Fortress
    Stephanie_S, Nov 2021
    The waters were famous already. The story of Fort Jefferson was completely new to me. Hollywood (our tour guide’s name) brought it to life. Amazing trip
    False advertising
    sandra_N, Nov 2021
    I expected a small catamaran. And delicious food. I also was surprised when snorkeling that everything on the bottom was dead.
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    Cancelled due to storm
    Gary_G, Nov 2021
    Cancelled. Some in our party were not notified arrived at 6 am doors locked Finally a person arrived and told them they were notified of cancelation but ten other travelers came during this period none had gotten the message. Most did. Victor.refunded my fare immediately before I asked. Good service by Viator.
    3 travelers found this review helpful


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