Dry Tortugas National Park Celebrates Centennial with Free Park Entrance April 16 through 24

A lside view of Fort Jefferson in Garden Key
A side view of Fort Jefferson in Garden Key

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News Release Date: April 15, 2016

Contact: Allyson Gantt, 305-242-7714

Contact: Mary Plumb, 305-242-7017

KEY WEST, Fla.: Americans are encouraged to get out and #FindYourPark during National Park Week, which runsApril 16 through April 24. All National Park Service entrance fees will be waived for the week.

"With free admission to national parks all week long, National Park Week is the perfect opportunity to check out a new location, revisit one of your favorite parks, or invite a friend who has never visited a park before to join you," said Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Park Superintendent Pedro Ramos. "It's a great time to experience and celebrate our parks and historic places, and discover and share with each other how these treasured places are vital and relevant to people from all backgrounds from all over the country."

To help celebrate National Park Week, parks nationwide are having an InstaMeet on social media on Saturday, April 23 between the hours of 2 to4 p.m. (EDT). Use the #FindYourParkInstaMeet hashtag as well as #FindYourPark and #NPS100. April 24 is Park RxDay, a community health initiative where medical doctors "prescribe" time in parks to promote wellness and help prevent and treat chronic disease. Visit www.FindYourPark.com to learn more about National Park Week activities throughout the country.

Free access is also provided to fourth graders and their families to all Federal public lands in America for a full year, thanks to the "Every Kid in a Park" initiative. Active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes. For more information about the variety of discounted passes available, please visit theAmerica the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass page.

At Dry Tortugas National Park, please check in with our official providers of transportation to the park for schedules, prices, and reservations.  (All transportation departs from Key West.) Ferries and seaplanes leaving from Key West will waive park entrance fees of $10 per visitor.  For ferry schedules, prices, and reservations, contact: Yankee Freedom III, phone 800-634-0939 or 305-294-7009;or http://www.yankeefreedom.com/For seaplane schedules, prices, and reservations, contact: Key West Seaplane Adventures, phone 305-293-9300 or www.keywestseaplanecharters.com.

Before travelling to the park check out the park website or contact the general information number for tips on how best to experience the park at the time of year you plan to visit. Click here to plan your visit to Dry Tortugas National Park:  https://www.nps.gov/drto/planyourvisit/index.htm

More information is also available by contacting e-mail us, or calling (305) 242-7700 (during regular business hours Monday through Friday,8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).


- Dry Tortugas National Park, a side view of Fort Jefferson, NPS Photo

WHAT:          Get out and #FindYourPark during National Park Week. All National Park Service entrance fees will be waived for the week.

WHEN:        Saturday, April 16 through Sunday, April 24

WHERE:      All NPS units that charge an entrance fee, including Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks

More information about Dry Tortugas National Park can be found on the park website:



Last updated: April 20, 2016

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