Garden Key

People walk the moat wall at Garden Key.

Garden Key is the second largest island in the Dry Tortugas, about 14 acres in size, and has had the most human impact. Located on Garden Key is historic Fort Jefferson, one of the nation’s largest 19th century forts and a central cultural feature of Dry Tortugas National Park.

Garden Key is also home to our park headquarters, visitor center, campgrounds and great swimming and snorkeling areas. To learn more about the history of Fort Jefferson click here.

Ferry and seaplane passengers travel directly from Key West to Garden Key. Entrance fees are included in ticket price.

Those passengers traveling here by personal vessel must stop by Garden Key to pay the entrance fee and file a free boat permit.

Things to do at Garden Key:

Last updated: June 12, 2018

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