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Dry Tortugas NP


Data & Facts

Operating hours

The park is open all year.
Ft. Jefferson on Garden Key is open during daylight hours; closed at dark.
Loggerhead, East and Middle Keys are open year-round during daylight hours.
Bush Key is closed to visitors February through September to protect nesting Sooty and Noddy Terns.
Hospital and Long Keys are closed all year.


Entrance Fee The entrance fee for the park is $5.00 for visitors 17 and older. The pass is valid for 7 days. Currently, Seaplanes of Keywest, Sunny Days Catamarans, and Yankee Freedom are collecting the fee from their passengers. National Parks Pass, Golden Eagle, Golden Age, and Golden Access Passports honored.

Directions & Operating hours

There are no roads to Dry Tortugas National Park. It can only be reached by boat or seaplane.
Commercial air service is available to Key West International Airport. Seaplanes of Key West provides air service from Key West to the national park.
Private pleasure boats are welcome, but must be fully self-sufficient. U.S. Coast Guard and Geodetic Survey Chart #11438 is necessary for navigation to the Dry Tortugas.

Public Transportation

Public transportation - ferry and seaplane - serves the park from Key West.
For ferry schedules, prices, and reservations, contact:
Sunny Days: phone 800-236-7937 or 305-292-6100; on the internet at www.drytortugas.com
Yankee Fleet: phone 800-634-0939 or 305-294-7009; on the internet at www.yankeefleet.com

Seaplane transportation is provided by Seaplanes of Key West. For schedules, prices, and reservations, contact 800-950-2FLY or 305-294-0709; on the internet at www.seaplanesofkeywest.com

Fishing and dive charters can be arranged in the Florida Keys and Naples. For a list of services, contact the park at 305-242-7700.


The Park does not provide any public lodging other than campground. There is also no grocery stores or fresh water available. Fuel of any type is also unavailable.


The campground is a self-service fee area with a nightly fee of $3 per person. A 50% discount applies to holders of the Golden Age or Golden Access Pass. No other discounts apply. Fees paid for transportation (seaplane or ferry) do not include camping fees.
More capmping information can be found on the official website of the National Park, see link further below.

Hurricane Season: May 1 through November 15

Visitor Center

Located in Fort Jefferson.
Please visit also the official Website of Dry Tortugas National Park, see link further below.

Historic Lighthouse at Loggerhead Key in Dry Tortugas National Park.
Historic Lighthouse at Loggerhead Key in Dry Tortugas National Park.

Aerial view of Loggerhead Key and surrounding waters in Dry Tortugas National Park.
Aerial view of Loggerhead Key and surrounding waters in Dry Tortugas National Park.



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