Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park

Planning Your Visit

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.


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. See "Public Transportation" below for seaplane information.

Private Boats
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 Yankee Freedom II at (800) 634-0939 or (305) 294-7009 or visit yankeefreedom.com.

For seaplane schedules, prices, and reservations, contact Key West Seaplane Adventures at (305) 942-9777 or visit keywestseaplanecharters.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.

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.