Explore a 19th Century Fort and snorkel crystal clear water with incredible marine life
Almost 70 miles (113 km) west of Key West lies the remote Dry Tortugas National Park. The 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and marine life, and the vast assortment of bird life that frequent the area.
Viva 500: The Hidden History of the Dry Tortugas
June 21 and 22 join us at the Dry Tortugas National Park to commemorate 500 years of history since Ponce De Leon arrived in Florida.Read More
Dry Tortugas can be an awesome experience if you
are prepared for an adventure. Find out all the information you need to plan your visit. Be sure to check out "Things to Know Before You Come" .Read More
Virtual Park Tours
Short videos provide an opportunity to experience the park before you get here and learn more about our natural and cultural resources.Read More
Eco Discovery Center
Due to the remoteness of this park the NPS has partnered with NOAA at a visitor center in Key West that is free and open to the public Tue - Sat 9-4.Read More
The entire park provides great outdoor opportunities - from the boat or plane ride over to Boating, snorkeling, and historical hiking tours.Read More
Dry Tortugas is only accessible by boat or seaplane. Follow the link here to plan your trip to this remote piece of cultural and natural history.Read More
Join our park family and get up-to-the minute
information that may affect your visit on our twitter feed: view great photos on Flicker, Videos on Youtube, and our RSS keeps you in the news.Read More
Incredible 19th century fortification - currently undergoing preservation.....Read More
We have great images of underwater at Dry Tortugas - including a webcam.Read More
Did You Know?
Fort Jefferson served for a time as a remote prison facility. One of its most famous inmates was none other than Dr. Samuel Mudd, who set the leg of John Wilkes Booth following the assassination of President Lincoln. Mudd was incarcerated on the Dry Tortugas for only four years, from 1865 to 1869.