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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

Departure Point

100 Grinnell St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Ferry departs from the terminal.

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • 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
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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
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Q:
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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 300 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran from Key West.

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Traveler Tips


  • "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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Intoxicated Obnoxious people
Sally_P
, Sep 2021
I would give it 5 stars, we went on Yankee Freedom everything was great until the ride home, a couple of really intoxicated people, loud, obnoxious, there family was the only one cheering them on they fell into my seat hitting me. Yankee Freedom did nothing. Bartenders are allowed to cut people off . After 25+ drinks between 2 obviously very intoxicated people they should have been cut off. Absolutely ruined our ride home which was supposed to be a quiet relaxing day , no internet, phone connections, No FB , no messages the Fort and ride out was fantastic breakfast and lunch provided.
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Dry Tortugas
Christa
, Sep 2021
Amazing experience. The island was beautiful and peaceful. Great snorkeling. It would be better if there were bathrooms and showers on the island.
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Snorkeling around the old...
Ken_M
, Sep 2021
Snorkeling around the old structures and touring the fort. The ride to and from the fort was amazing.
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star-5
100% RECOMMENDED! Absolutely amazing experience!
Joseph_L
, Sep 2021
Yankee Freedom Dry Tortugas Ferry 100 Grinnell St, Key West, FL 33040 This ferry ride is well worth every dollar spent! The crew is amazing and helpful in so many ways. Hollywood is the guy who commentates during the ride out and expresses a lot of knowledge to you along the ride to the Tortugas. He also does a guided tour of Fort Jefferson that is very informative on the history of this magically beautiful historic landmark. The crew does observe all covid regulations and requirements and enforce mask wearing while on the Ferry Vessel. The vessel is well maintained and CLEAN. And yes the restrooms are clean too! The food provided during our trip was quality food for both breakfast and lunch. We noticed a sand wheelchair( with wide tires) on the island for those who may need it to get around the Fort.. They open the bar aboard the ferry at 1:30pm and last call is at 4:30pm. Cheap alcohol beverages $5 mixed drinks, $6 frozen drinks. We were able to observe the sea turtle's in their natural habitat along the ride back to Key West feeding on jellyfish.. we most definitely enjoyed this trip to the maximum, in all aspects. A MUST DO IF YOU'RE IN THE KEYS!!
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Fort Jefferson
Audrey_K
, Aug 2021
The fort tour was wonderful. The snorkeling was very fun cool place. My daughter and I completely enjoyed the entire experience. The boat ride was fast and amazing.
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This company isn't not accommodating, and very rude.
Susan_A
, Aug 2021
I'm sure this would have been a great time. If I had gone. But date was wrong, could not get refund and COVID-19 IS RUNNING RAMPED.
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Wouldn't do this again.
Brett_B
, Aug 2021
The island was fun, but wouldn't take the shuttle again. From the moment we arrived the staff was rude until it was tip time. The caption was rude to my wife and they seem to be just about the money.
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star-5
Fantastic
Travis_B
, Aug 2021
The entire staff was very attentive. Answered all of our questions. Had a blast. Would definitely recommend.
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star-5
Awesome trip with an amazing crew and awesome scenery!
Sheri_D
, Aug 2021
The tour of Fort Jefferson with Hollywood was awesome and very informative. The crew were amazing and took care of us well. Glad we didn’t miss this awesome trip!!
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Amazing
Rose
, Jul 2021
the boat ride itself was beautiful; catching the wind and watching the vast ocean waves in front of the boat. and dry Tortugas was amazing.
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