Getting Around

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Visit Garden Key & Fort Jefferson

The ferry and seaplane drop off visitors at Garden Key, which features Fort Jefferson, and do not provide transportation to other areas of the park. Due to time constraints, Ferry and seaplane day visitors will not have time to visit Loggerhead Key.

Visiting Other Areas of the Park

To visit other areas of the park you must have your own mode of transportation and file a free boat permit with the park when you arrive.

  • Bringing your own boat to the Dry Tortugas National Park will provide you with the most opportunities to explore this remarkable national treasure.
  • If you plan on camping, consider bringing a kayak or canoe. This will provide you with access to other areas of the park such as Loggerhead Key and great snorkeling sites.
  • If you plan to take the Yankee Freedom Ferry to camp, all camping plans, including bringing a kayak, must be coordinated through the ferry.
  • There are no boat, kayak, or canoe rental services of any kind available in the park.

Traveling Tips & Resources


Last updated: December 30, 2020

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