Dry Tortugas Ferry Excursion


When you take the Dry Tortugas Ferry to Dry Tortugas National Park, getting there is half the fun! During the two-hour ferry ride, you can see historic shipwrecks, marine life such as wild dolphins and sea turtles, and miles of crystal blue ocean.

What makes the Dry Tortugas so compelling? Their natural beauty and isolation. This remote coral atoll is located 70 miles from Key West in the Gulf of Mexico, making it a dream EcoTour destination.

Your Dry Tortugas Ferry Excursion includes…

• A ferry ride to Dry Tortugas National Park
• An optional guided tour of historic Fort Jefferson
• Complimentary breakfast and picnic lunch
• Sanitized snorkeling gear
• Plenty of free time for swimming, snorkeling, bird spotting, photography, and exploring the island

What You’ll Discover on the Dry Tortugas Ferry Excursion

Get ready to relax and enjoy a luxurious cruise to the Dry Tortugas! Enjoy a comfortable journey on the air-conditioned main deck, or work on your tan on the spacious upper sundeck (with both shaded and exposed areas). The ferry features plenty of comfortable seating, 3 restrooms, and a full galley stocked with snacks and beverages, including popcorn, candy, chips, soft drinks (both diet and regular), fruit juices, wine, and beer. Did you forget your camera or film? No worries, you can buy them aboard…along with souvenirs to remember your trip.

The tour operator actually restricts each voyage to 150 passengers to maximize everyone’s comfort, even though the ferry can safely carry almost double that capacity. The friendly and experienced captain and crew will get you there and back safely and in comfort.

Along the way, you will enjoy a complimentary breakfast, and pass by the beautiful islands of Boca Grande Key and the Marquesas Keys. An orientation of the Keys and Dry Tortugas National Park is provided by the onboard naturalist, and sightings of both dolphins and sea turtles are common during the excursion.

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After the boat docks at Garden Key in the Dry Tortugas, there is an optional guided tour of historic Fort Jefferson which takes about forty minutes. Later, you can enjoy a picnic lunch buffet consisting of fresh meats and cheeses, a variety of salads, iced tea, lemonade, and chips. There’s also peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the children. (This picnic lunch is included in the price of your ticket.) The park has a picnic area, and you can, if you wish, have your lunch in the shade of one of the many tropical palm trees.

Following the picnic lunch, you will have plenty of time to explore the island, go beachcombing, snorkel, bird watch, and swim. And afterwards, you can rinse off in a fresh water shower on board the ferry.

Dry Tortugas Ferry Itinerary

  • 7:00 am – Check in time
  • 7:25 am – Boarding time
  • 8:00 am – Departure time
  • 10:10 am – Arrive at Fort Jefferson
  • 11:00 am – Fort Jefferson Tour
  • 11:00am – 1:00pm – Lunch on board
  • 3:00 pm – Depart for Key West
  • 5:15 pm – Arrive in Key West

Please note that times may vary due to local weather conditions.

Dry Tortugas Ferry Departure Location

231 Margaret St. Near Turtle Kraals Restaurant, Key West

What To Bring on the Dry Tortugas Ferry

  • Sunscreen and Bathing suit
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses, hat and towel
  • Sturdy pair of walking shoes
  • You may bring your own snorkeling gear if you wish.
  • Change of clothing. During your journey back to Key West, you can use our onboard fresh water rinse showers.
  • There is a $10 entrance fee to Dry Tortugas National Park. The park also operates a small gift shop selling books, postcards, T-shirts, and other souvenir items. Please bring cash…the park does not accept credit cards.

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