The Dry Tortugas
The Dry Tortugas consists of 7 keys and is located on the edge of the main shipping channel between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
Fort Jefferson is located on Garden Key. This all-masonry fort is the largest in the United States. It was built between 1846 and The long stretch of time to build the fort was delayed not only by supply problems but also the Civil War. The fort was never completed but the existing structure has some beautiful brickwork features including some 2,000 arches. Restoration is constantly underway to preserve Fort Jefferson.
The islands were discovered by Ponce de Leon in 1513 and the multitude of sea turtles that populated the area gave the islands their name. Tortugas means turtles in Spanish. The “Dry” part comes from the lack of freshwater anywhere.
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!
Ferry Terminal Address:
100 Grinnell St
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (800) 634-0939
Seaplane Tours to Dry Tortugas & Fort Jefferson. Morning, Afternoon or Full Day Tours. We are the only Seaplane Service to Dry Tortugas National Park. 70 miles west of Key West, Florida lies one of North America’s most inaccessible National Parks, the Dry Tortugas. The park is renowned for its marine life, pirate legends and sheer unspoiled beauty. It is dominated by its central feature, the majestic Fort Jefferson, the largest brick building in the western hemisphere.
3471 South Roosevelt Blvd
Key West, Fl 33040
Phone: (305) 293-9300