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Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry

Snorkeling at the Dry Tortugas

Cruise in spacious comfort aboard a state-of-the-art vessel to one of the most unique and spectacular national parks in the United States, The Dry Tortugas National Park. Just 70 miles west of Key West, nestled among coral reefs and white sandy beaches, lie seven remote islands called the Dry Tortugas. And located in Garden Key is Fort Jefferson, America’s largest coastal fort. Unforgettable adventures await you on this most memorable trip.

Trip Features

Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry is a high-speed catamaran equipped with an air-conditioned cabin providing comfortable indoor seating as well as a rear sun deck for outdoor seating. The innovative wave piercing design means a smooth, pleasant ride. Her design is recognized worldwide for performance and stability.

  • High-speed catamaran equipped with an air-conditioned cabin
  • Guided tour of Fort Jefferson
  • Best snorkeling in Key West
  • Beautiful Key West beach
  • Unique bird watching
  • An abundance of coral reef


  • Breakfast & Lunch (Arrival day only)
  • Fully narrated 45-minute tour of the fort
  • Beach walk, snorkel, swim, or just relax in the sun
  • Complimentary snorkeling equipment
  • Ticket includes entrance fee to Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson
  • Awesome boat ride


“One of the top 10 things to do in the Florida Keys”
– Islands Magazine

“One of 10 great places to explore nooks and crevasses”
– USA Today

“One of the coolest things to do in Key West”
– Everyday with Rachel Ray

“The trip aboard the Yankee Freedom III ferry was worth every penny and I only regret that I hadn’t done it sooner.”
– Ocala Style Magazine


How long is the trip from Key West to Fort Jefferson?
The ride on the Yankee Freedom III usually takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

How much time do we spend at Fort Jefferson?
You will have a little over four hours to explore and enjoy Fort Jefferson and the beaches of the Dry Tortugas.

What time will we arrive back in Key West?
We usually arrive in Key West by 5:30 p.m.

Are trips available year round?
The Yankee Freedom III travels to Fort Jefferson Dry Tortugas National Park year-round, with the exception of Christmas Day.

What is the cancellation policy? Are refunds given if there is inclement weather?
If you plan to cancel your reservation, you will need to do so by 3:00 p.m. the day before your trip and 48 hours before your camping trip departure. Trips are not canceled due to rain. The captain may cancel the trip or issue a warning if he feels the conditions are too rough.

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