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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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran

Enjoy a day trip to Dry Tortugas National Park!

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.

Customer Reviews

Matthew K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

WOW, what a great trip! Highly recommend! Beautiful day and so much fun!

Andrea T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fabulous, highly recommend. Knowledgable and friendly crew. Will go again.

Anita B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great trip, day flies by. Great staff, ok breakfast, great lunch, great fort, fun snorkling. Perfect day!

Sheila B United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved it

Nadine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Barry F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

My husband and I had the greatest time. We toured the fort and went snorkeling. Wish we had had more time. Once you tour the fort, it only leaves about an hour or so to snorkel. Didn't see very many fish, but it may have been the time of year. We had a wonderful time and if we are ever in the Keys again, will do again and just go snorkeling.

Jana S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A long ride out but definitely worth the trip for anyone interested in US History. The Yankee Freedom III was comfortable, although we could have used a little more shade on the outside seats. Make sure to take a hat with a strap - the boat is fast! Didn't have time to snorkel - there was so much to see.

Richard M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The crew was amazing. the boat was great,the service was wonderful. This is an absolute must trip if you visit the Keys, remarkable, beautiful place with dramatic history. Definitely go on the tour at Fort jefferson. be prepared to swim

Karla S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Day trip on catamaran was exceptional. Crew on boat was very friendly. The destination exceeded our expectations. After visiting Fort Jefferson we spent afternoon at the beach - water is pristine. Could not have had a better experience!!! Just lovely - our whole family of 5 and 2 friends went.

Ka S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Wonderful relaxing day. Went in February. Take warm cloths for the boat ride even though the temps are in the low 70's.

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