How do you get to Dry Tortugas National Park?
Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the most remote parks in the National Park System. Located approximately 70 miles west of Key West it is accessible only by private boats, charter boats, or seaplane.There is no commercial airplane or car access to the island. Also if traveling to the island you need to make preparations for all needs as there are no facilities other than a small gift shop in the fort.
Ferry or Seaplane offer Public Transportation
For seaplane schedules, prices, and reservations, contact: Key West Seaplane Adventures: phone 305-293-9300 or www.keywestseaplanecharters.com.
Note for private boats - There are Visitor boat slips available for short term use to load and unload or tour the fort at Garden Key. These docks are not available for overnight - boats must anchor in the harbor overnight. There are no public docks at loggerhead.
There is no fuel, water, charcoal, or food service available in the park.
Did You Know?
Despite over 30 years of construction, massive Fort Jefferson was never truly completed on the islands of the Dry Tortugas. Advances in weapon technology would come to render the fort obsolete by 1862.