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Plan Your Visit

A visit to Dry Tortugas National Park requires a bit of planning.  The links above will assist you in making the necessary arrangements.

Please note that parts of Fort Jefferson will be closed to the public from November to May when mason crews are working on preservations projects. These temporary closures are not in effect during the hurricane season June to November

Closure details will be available here when they are implemented. The locations for these closures change as the project progresses and the work area changes.


Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the most remote parks in the National Park System. Located approximately 70 miles west of Key West it is accessible only by private or charter boats  or seaplanes.


Commercial air service is available to Key West International Airport.  Seaplanes of Key West provides air service from Key West to the national park. See "Public Transportation" below for seaplane information.


There are no roads to Dry Tortugas National Park. It can only be reached by boat or seaplane.

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.

Yankee Freedom: phone 800-634-0939 or 305-294-7009; on the internet at

Seaplane transportation is provided by Seaplanes of Key West. For schedules, prices, and reservations, contact 800-950-2FLY or 305-294-0709.

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.

Getting Around

Upon arrival, see the orientation program at the visitor center in Fort Jefferson and take the self-guiding tour of the fort.

A boat is necessary to visit areas of the park other than Garden Key/Fort Jefferson.

Operating Hours & Seasons

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.

Fees & Reservations

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.


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.

Things To Do

Visitors from around the globe journey to the Dry Tortugas.  A variety of remarkable experiences await those who arrive.  Whether you find yourself camping, snorkeling, birdwatching, fishing, or just enjoying a view from the top of massive Fort Jefferson-- you quickly realize how magical this place can be.