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. This 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 frequents the area.

A brick structure surrounded by water, a walkway, and vegetation.

Explore Fort Jefferson

Located on Garden Key is historic Fort Jefferson, one of the nation’s largest 19th century forts in the United States.

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Camping at the Dry Tortugas

Camping at Garden Key is an incredible experience. Amazing star gazing, snorkeling, sunsets and more!

Yankee Freedom sailing

The Yankee Freedom Ferry

Take a high-speed catamaran for day and camping trips.

Two divers swim by the underwater Winjammer Wreck.

Snorkeling and Diving

Dry Tortugas National Park is home to history and natural wonders above and below the water's’ surface.

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Boating

Bring your own boat to Dry Tortugas National Park and get the most out of the opportunities to explore this remarkable national treasure.

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Swimming

With less than 1% of Dry Tortugas National Park being dry ground, the best way to see this is by swimming.

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Required Boat Permits

Boat permits are required when stopping anywhere in the park. Learn more about how to get them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Read on the frequently asked questions about the park before your visit.

Last updated: December 31, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

40001 SR-9336
Homestead, FL 33034

Phone:

(305) 242-7700

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