Things to Know Before You Come
National Park Service
Before you make the trip to Dry Tortugas National Park , there are a few things you should be aware of.
Visiting this remote park takes planning to make the most of your visit. Most travel to the park by boat or seaplane that departs daily from Key West. Some take charters or private boats to get to the islands located approximately 70 miles west of Key West.
There are no services on Garden Key where Fort Jefferson is located so visitors must plan to bring everything they need for the trip with them and when they leave take it all back to the mainland.
Weather is also an important consideration. So please become familiar with the topics listed above so you can make the most of this wonderful place.
Did You Know?
The Dry Tortugas derived their name from the abundance of turtles that could be found in the area. Even today, lucky visitors may be able to spot loggerhead, green, hawksbill, and leatherback sea turtles plying the waters.