Lying 70 miles off the coast of Key West, Florida, Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the most unique in the system. Comprising of a small island with a historic brick fort and its surrounding turquoise water, Dry Tortugas is a remote island oasis for both the animal and plant life and for humans interested in a unique park experience.
After accessing the island by seaplane or ferry, walk through the halls of the incredible Fort Jefferson, kayak the surrounding areas, or lounge on the white sand beach of Dry Tortugas.
- Where your planning begins: NPS Website
- Our article, The Cost of Exclusivity
- Our podcast, Are the National Parks for Everyone?
- Our Video Highlights
- Our Facebook Photo Gallery
- Join a ranger-guided tour of historic Fort Jefferson
- Walk along the beaches and concrete walkways of Garden Key
- Enjoy the crystal-clear waters with a swim, snorkel, or kayaking in the area
- Try to spot the crocodile that lives on Garden Key! You can often find him in the moat.
- Camp overnight in Garden Key Campground. Once the day ferry leaves for the day, you’re all but alone on the isolated island, which is an incredible experience.
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In August 2015 we left our jobs and our home to go on a tour of all 59 National Parks across the US during the NPS Centennial year. We spent a year immersing ourselves for about 5 days in each park as we tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked, and climbed our way through the challenge and adventure of our lifetime.
We are Cole and Elizabeth, twenty-something Missourians turned National Parks explorers - constantly seeking to find new adventure and ourselves. Follow our journey for pictures, videos, park tips, and stories - because after all, the Parks are for sharing.