Dry Tortugas National Park, Key West

4.8
#1 of 280 in Nature in Florida
Encompassing the most isolated and far-flung islands of the Florida Keys, Dry Tortugas National Park showcases vibrant coral reefs, tropical landscapes, and an island fortress. Set in the Gulf of Mexico nearly 109 km (68 mi) away from Key West, the park can be accessed only by sea. You climb aboard the official ferry service licensed by park authorities to reach the seven islands. Stop by the visitor center located inside Fort Jefferson, a 19th-century brick castle occupying the second-largest islet, for information on the park's history, oceanic ecology, and archaeology. Watch carefully for some of the park's nearly 300 species of birds, including nesting pelicans, terns, and frigatebirds. Put Dry Tortugas National Park into our Key West trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Enjoyed wandering thru the fort. Took a lot of pictures. Not much shade on the beach so bring a lot of sunscreen.  more »
  • Super interesting half day to an island paradise taking a seaplane from key west. Wish we could have made it a whole day as this place is truly amazing, steeped in history and wildlife with the journe...  more »
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  • Well worth the cost. It's a National Park...out in the middle of the ocean. I don't know about a second trip, but definitely worth one trip.
  • A trip everyone should do at least once. A great ride by ferry and the fort is massive and impressive. For those who want to enjoy the water snorkeling is a great option. Can see fort on guided tour or just wander around on own.

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