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Itinerary
This 10-hour journey departs from Key West on board the Yankee Freedom III, a luxurious, state-of-the-art, high-speed catamaran that ferries passengers from Key West to Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson National Park. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and take in the scenic beauty while cruising 70 miles off the coast through the Gulf of Mexico, listening to the naturalist tour guide describe the surroundings and the history of the national park.

Dry Tortugas National Park is located inside Fort Jefferson, one of the largest coastal forts ever built. This seven-island cluster is comprised of coral reefs and sand — and famous for its bird and marine life, as well as legends of pirates and sunken gold. 

This tour includes a variety of exciting activities and amazing scenery while providing a sense of history. Begin with a 45-minute tour of the fort, then wander the beach looking for seashells and watching tropical birds swooping through the air. Try a bit of swimming or snorkeling around the coral reef, looking for dolphins and sea turtles in the warm, tropical water. Visitors agree, this is the best place for snorkeling in the Florida Keys.

Time for a break? Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on board the boat or along the shore.

Spend any remaining time sightseeing or wandering the island, then reboard the boat mid-afternoon and enjoy the trip back to Key West. Relax on the deck with a refreshing beverage from one of the onboard bars (own expense) and soak up the remaining rays of the sun — a perfect ending to a perfect day of outdoor fun and adventure.
Locations visited
Dry Tortugas National Park
Fort Jefferson
Yankee Freedom III
Overview
Escape to the secluded islands and tropical beaches off the coast of Key West on this guided, full-day adventure to historic Dry Tortugas National Park. History buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike will love this unique voyage, where getting there is half the fun on board the Yankee Freedom III, a luxurious, state-of-the-art catamaran. Enjoy snorkeling (equipment provided) in the crystal blue waters and take in the military fort, national park, campground, sandy beaches and coral reefs that make this area special. Breakfast and lunch included.
Highlights
  • Day trip from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park
  • Ride a spacious catamaran across the tropical seas
  • Enjoy spectacular views and learn about your surroundings from an on-board naturalist
  • Cruise past Boca Grande Key, the Marquesas Keys and the Rebecca Shoal Channel
  • Swim or snorkel around the park’s coral reef with ocean life such as dolphins and sea turtles
  • Enjoy breakfast and lunch on the boat
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Definitely worth excursion to do while you are in Key West, but make sure to book in advance;)

Take plenty of sun screen with you and enjoy snorkeling and visiting this historical site. Whole day of fun, even boat Yankee Doodle was good experience.

1  Thank Adam_Lndn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Long ride but worth it!

It was a long ride but it was well worth it. I traveled with 3 other campanions. I love history and was intriged by the creation of a Fort so far from the mainland. We passed on the tour to snorkel. I now wish we...More

3  Thank Dianne G
Reviewed 25 June 2018
Delightful day

The Yankee Freedom III offered breakfast as soon as we boarded, so as we slipped out of Key West, we munched on tasty food. Lunch was also included in the fare, and we were invited to return to the boat any time between 11:00 and...More

10  Thank Bob R
Reviewed 11 June 2018
History , Snorkeling and Swimming all in one Trip

Our trip had rough water coming and going so we could not take advantage of the scenic view on the 2 hour boat trip to the island (we had to stay inside the boat). Breakfast and lunch were simple but tasty. We did the hour...More

3  Thank _kathy_worrel
Reviewed 2 May 2018
Great Day Trip For Us

We've been trying to get to as many National Parks as possible and this one was on our list. We're history buffs so we like old forts, museums, places of scenic beauty and history. This trip to Fort Jefferson is a popular attraction and it...More

19  Thank BeachguyWalt
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