Cruise in spacious comfort to Fort Jefferson aboard the Official Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry – the Yankee Freedom. A high-speed catamaran, our vessel transports guests 70 miles from Key West to the Park.
Made up of seven small islands, it is one of the world’s most unique eco-attractions. Its crown jewel, the historic Fort Jefferson, was once used as a prison during the Civil War. Explore and learn of its history with one of our guides and enjoy an array of activities. There’s something for everyone! Book Now and Explore Uncharted Territory at the Dry Tortugas National Park!
“One of the 10 great places to explore nooks and crevasses” – USA Today
“One of the top 10 things to do in the Florida Keys” – Islands Magazine
“One of the coolest things to do in Key West” – Rachael Ray Magazine
The Yankee Freedom has resumed normal capacity daily scheduled service to the Dry Tortugas. We are still following CDC recommended safety guidelines, including:
- Masks Are Required
- Enhanced Cleaning Procedures
- Onboard Pedestrian Traffic Patterns
What to bring
During your voyage, you’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Marquesa Islands, Boca Grande. Here are some of our suggestions on what to bring to make your trip memorable!
- Comfortable footwear
- A hat
- A bathing suit
- Change of dry clothes
- A camera
- Light jacket/sweatshirt
- Something to read
WHAT NOT TO BRING
- Pets (except certified assistant dogs)
- Flammable accelerants
- Compressed gas canisters
- Firearms of any type
- Aerial Drones
Where to board
Check in time: 7:00 am (campers 6:30am)
Boarding time: 7:30 am
Departure time: 8:00 am
Arrive at Fort Jefferson: 10:15 am
Fort Jefferson Tour: 11:00 am
Lunch: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Depart: 3:00 pm
Arrive in Key West: 5:15 pm
*Times may vary depending on weather
Included with trip
- Breakfast and Lunch (campers, arrival day only)
- Complimentary snorkeling equipment
- Beach walk, snorkel, swim, or just relax in the sun
- Fully narrated 45 minute tour of the fort
- Ticket includes entrance fee to Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson
- Awesome boat ride
Top 5 FAQs
How long is the trip from Key West to Fort Jefferson?
The ride on the Yankee Freedom usually takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes.
How much time do we spend at Fort Jefferson?
You will have a little over four hours to explore and enjoy Fort Jefferson and the beaches of the Dry Tortugas.
What time will we arrive back in Key West?
We usually arrive in Key West by 5:30 p.m.
Are trips available year round?
The Yankee Freedom travels to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park year-round with the exception of scheduled maintenance days.
What is the cancellation policy? Are refunds given if there is inclement weather?
Details on rescheduling can be found here. Trips are not cancelled due to rain. The captain may cancel the trip or issue a warning if he feels the conditions are too rough.
DISCOVER THE DRY TORTUGAS
Yankee Freedom passengers have the option of joining a 40-minute guided tour of the fort led by one of our expert naturalists. You’ll hear captivating stories about the fort, its remarkable history and its surroundings.
If you love Key West snorkeling, then Dry Tortugas National Park offers some of the best snorkeling and skin diving in North America, just 70 miles from Key West and the Florida Keys. The shallow waters (5-15 feet) make snorkeling at the Dry Tortugas fun for everyone.
No Key West beach trip is complete without visiting the best beach in the Florida Keys: Fort Jefferson Dry Tortugas National Park, located just 70 miles west of Key West. Whether swimming, sun bathing or just plain strolling, you will enjoy the crystal blue waters, swaying palm trees and soft, powdery sand of this island paradise. These beautiful, pristine beaches are a Key West attraction not to be missed.
The seven tiny islands of Dry Tortugas are a vital layover for migrating birds traveling between South America and the United States making a staple in the Great Florida Birding Trail.
Camping in the Dry Tortugas National Park is definitely an experience of a lifetime! Imagine sleeping under the stars, on an island 70 miles from civilization, with the warm tropical breezes blowing through palm trees.