Ft. Jefferson /Dry Tortugas National Park

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Mamaofboyz on June 28, 2006

There are many ways to get there: fly, boats, ferries, etc. We took the trip aboard the Yankee Freedom. The price was $139 per adult and included entrance fees to the park. The fort is pretty cool, the water surrounding it is crystal clear and beautiful! Great snorkeling water! There are a few options for making the trip: day trips and overnight trips. The Yankee Freedom allowed us to leave at 8am and return by 5:30pm. A continental breakfast greets you. They serve a light lunch of sandwiches, chips, drinks, etc. They offer a tour of the park (40 minutes) and then provide snorkel gear to anyone who wants some. The hour trip that it takes to reach the park is comfortable in the cabin and decks.

The park was fun, the history of it was cool. There are also haunting tours of it if you want to experience it. The island has lots of shade, tables, benches, etc., so it is accommodating for everyone. It isn't overcrowded, although you'll want to claim your picnic spot early.

The kids loved the water and running free in the grass fields within the fort. Climbing to the upper level of the fort was not for them, but they loved the rustic feel of it all and the pretending of "holding down the fort" through the windows.

Dry Tortugas National Park
70 Miles West Of Key West
Key West, Florida, 33041


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