Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

The Dry Tortugas National Park is located in the Gulf of Mexico west of the bottom tip of Florida. Fort Jefferson lies in the center of the islands that make up the park. About 60,000 tourist come to the park each year taking either a boat or a small sea plane. Vistors like to snorkel, fish, and scuba dive. Dry Tortugas first became a national park on January 4, 1935. The park covers almost 74 square miles and is the western most section of the Florida Keys.

Dry Tortugas National Park Info


Dry Tortugas National Park

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Dry Tortugas National Park Photos

Emerald Dreams

gatorgalpics posted a photo:

Emerald Dreams

I want to Fly.
The view from the cockpit of our seaplane flight.
I could do this every day.

Porkfish, Dry Tortugas, Florida Keys

Hawkfish posted a photo:

Porkfish, Dry Tortugas, Florida Keys

Porkfish are the most colorful of the grunt species in Florida and the Caribbean. Dry Tortugas is a small island group 68 miles (109 km) west of Key West. I was a little disappointed by the underwater visibility here during my short day visit from Key West. It was only about 25 feet when I initially got in the water and gradually decreased to 20 feet after about an hour. However, fish were abundant and coral growth was profuse on the old coal dock pilings. Going back to Key West we saw many flying fish from the bow of the "Yankee Freedom" ferry.

Sailors choice grunts, Dry Tortugas, Florida Keys

Hawkfish posted a photo:

Sailors choice grunts, Dry Tortugas, Florida Keys

Dry Tortugas is a small island group 68 miles (109 km) west of Key West. I was a little disappointed by the underwater visibility here during my short day visit from Key West. It was only about 25 feet when I initially got in the water and gradually decreased to 20 feet after about an hour. However, fish were abundant and coral growth was profuse on the old coal dock pilings. Going back to Key West we saw many flying fish from the bow of the "Yankee Freedom" ferry.

Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida.

Evangelio Gonzalez MD posted a photo:

Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida.

Fort Jefferson Pano

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Fort Jefferson Pano

Fort Jefferson Pano, Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

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Framed from Fort Jefferson

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Framed from Fort Jefferson

Framed from Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

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Underwater scene, Dry Tortugas, Florida Keys

Hawkfish posted a photo:

Underwater scene, Dry Tortugas, Florida Keys

Fish include gray snappers, bluestriped grunt, chubs, and a sea bream (a porgy species). Dry Tortugas is a small island group 68 miles (109 km) west of Key West. I was a little disappointed by the underwater visibility here during my short day visit from Key West. It was only about 25 feet when I initially got in the water and gradually decreased to 20 feet after about an hour. However, fish were abundant and coral growth was profuse on the old coal dock pilings. Going back to Key West we saw many flying fish from the bow of the "Yankee Freedom" ferry.

Natural Light

Neil Noland posted a photo:

Natural Light

Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the "harder" national parks to visit. (Well...not really.) You can't drive to it, though. It's one of the more expensive ones to get to for that reason. Pretty much a monopoly on transport. A round-trip day ticket on a ferry is about $175.

DTNP is a 2 hour ferry ride due west of Key West, Florida, about 70 miles out to sea. It's a very small island, pretty much dominated by Fort Jefferson, which, in its time, was one of the three largest stone/mason forts in the nation. During the 19th century, it was pretty strategically located, since boats heading to New Orleans would more than likely be floating on by.

This is also where Dr. Samuel Mudd was imprisoned for seven years following his judgment in the Lincoln assassination trial. (He's the fellow who tried to mend Booth's broken leg.) The phrase, "My name is mud" is not associated with him. (I always thought it was. Just found out...I was misled. So perhaps my name is mud. Look it up...)

DTNP has monthly photo contests. It's a great place to view birds, as it's a stopover on the flyway for many of them during their migrations.

Most people come here on day trips (like I did), though it's also possible to arrange overnight camping on the island, which would be a fantastic way to see sunrise, sunset, and do some stargazing. Honestly, I wouldn't mind going back specifically to spend the night out there. Besides, I love nearby Key West.

Shake Your Fundation

Neil Noland posted a photo:

Shake Your Fundation

Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the "harder" national parks to visit. (Well...not really.) You can't drive to it, though. It's one of the more expensive ones to get to for that reason. Pretty much a monopoly on transport. A round-trip day ticket on a ferry is about $175.

DTNP is a 2 hour ferry ride due west of Key West, Florida, about 70 miles out to sea. It's a very small island, pretty much dominated by Fort Jefferson, which, in its time, was one of the three largest stone/mason forts in the nation. During the 19th century, it was pretty strategically located, since boats heading to New Orleans would more than likely be floating on by.

This is also where Dr. Samuel Mudd was imprisoned for seven years following his judgment in the Lincoln assassination trial. (He's the fellow who tried to mend Booth's broken leg.) The phrase, "My name is mud" is not associated with him. (I always thought it was. Just found out...I was misled. So perhaps my name is mud. Look it up...)

DTNP has monthly photo contests. It's a great place to view birds, as it's a stopover on the flyway for many of them during their migrations.

Most people come here on day trips (like I did), though it's also possible to arrange overnight camping on the island, which would be a fantastic way to see sunrise, sunset, and do some stargazing. Honestly, I wouldn't mind going back specifically to spend the night out there. Besides, I love nearby Key West.

Bird with Fountain

Neil Noland posted a photo:

Bird with Fountain

Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the "harder" national parks to visit. (Well...not really.) You can't drive to it, though. It's one of the more expensive ones to get to for that reason. Pretty much a monopoly on transport. A round-trip day ticket on a ferry is about $175.

DTNP is a 2 hour ferry ride due west of Key West, Florida, about 70 miles out to sea. It's a very small island, pretty much dominated by Fort Jefferson, which, in its time, was one of the three largest stone/mason forts in the nation. During the 19th century, it was pretty strategically located, since boats heading to New Orleans would more than likely be floating on by.

This is also where Dr. Samuel Mudd was imprisoned for seven years following his judgment in the Lincoln assassination trial. (He's the fellow who tried to mend Booth's broken leg.) The phrase, "My name is mud" is not associated with him. (I always thought it was. Just found out...I was misled. So perhaps my name is mud. Look it up...)

DTNP has monthly photo contests. It's a great place to view birds, as it's a stopover on the flyway for many of them during their migrations.

Most people come here on day trips (like I did), though it's also possible to arrange overnight camping on the island, which would be a fantastic way to see sunrise, sunset, and do some stargazing. Honestly, I wouldn't mind going back specifically to spend the night out there. Besides, I love nearby Key West.

Sally Port

Neil Noland posted a photo:

Sally Port

Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the "harder" national parks to visit. (Well...not really.) You can't drive to it, though. It's one of the more expensive ones to get to for that reason. Pretty much a monopoly on transport. A round-trip day ticket on a ferry is about $175.

DTNP is a 2 hour ferry ride due west of Key West, Florida, about 70 miles out to sea. It's a very small island, pretty much dominated by Fort Jefferson, which, in its time, was one of the three largest stone/mason forts in the nation. During the 19th century, it was pretty strategically located, since boats heading to New Orleans would more than likely be floating on by.

This is also where Dr. Samuel Mudd was imprisoned for seven years following his judgment in the Lincoln assassination trial. (He's the fellow who tried to mend Booth's broken leg.) The phrase, "My name is mud" is not associated with him. (I always thought it was. Just found out...I was misled. So perhaps my name is mud. Look it up...)

DTNP has monthly photo contests. It's a great place to view birds, as it's a stopover on the flyway for many of them during their migrations.

Most people come here on day trips (like I did), though it's also possible to arrange overnight camping on the island, which would be a fantastic way to see sunrise, sunset, and do some stargazing. Honestly, I wouldn't mind going back specifically to spend the night out there. Besides, I love nearby Key West.

Symmetrical Theme

Neil Noland posted a photo:

Symmetrical Theme

Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the "harder" national parks to visit. (Well...not really.) You can't drive to it, though. It's one of the more expensive ones to get to for that reason. Pretty much a monopoly on transport. A round-trip day ticket on a ferry is about $175.

DTNP is a 2 hour ferry ride due west of Key West, Florida, about 70 miles out to sea. It's a very small island, pretty much dominated by Fort Jefferson, which, in its time, was one of the three largest stone/mason forts in the nation. During the 19th century, it was pretty strategically located, since boats heading to New Orleans would more than likely be floating on by.

This is also where Dr. Samuel Mudd was imprisoned for seven years following his judgment in the Lincoln assassination trial. (He's the fellow who tried to mend Booth's broken leg.) The phrase, "My name is mud" is not associated with him. (I always thought it was. Just found out...I was misled. So perhaps my name is mud. Look it up...)

DTNP has monthly photo contests. It's a great place to view birds, as it's a stopover on the flyway for many of them during their migrations.

Most people come here on day trips (like I did), though it's also possible to arrange overnight camping on the island, which would be a fantastic way to see sunrise, sunset, and do some stargazing. Honestly, I wouldn't mind going back specifically to spend the night out there. Besides, I love nearby Key West.

Window to the Sea

Neil Noland posted a photo:

Window to the Sea

Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the "harder" national parks to visit. (Well...not really.) You can't drive to it, though. It's one of the more expensive ones to get to for that reason. Pretty much a monopoly on transport. A round-trip day ticket on a ferry is about $175.

DTNP is a 2 hour ferry ride due west of Key West, Florida, about 70 miles out to sea. It's a very small island, pretty much dominated by Fort Jefferson, which, in its time, was one of the three largest stone/mason forts in the nation. During the 19th century, it was pretty strategically located, since boats heading to New Orleans would more than likely be floating on by.

This is also where Dr. Samuel Mudd was imprisoned for seven years following his judgment in the Lincoln assassination trial. (He's the fellow who tried to mend Booth's broken leg.) The phrase, "My name is mud" is not associated with him. (I always thought it was. Just found out...I was misled. So perhaps my name is mud. Look it up...)

DTNP has monthly photo contests. It's a great place to view birds, as it's a stopover on the flyway for many of them during their migrations.

Most people come here on day trips (like I did), though it's also possible to arrange overnight camping on the island, which would be a fantastic way to see sunrise, sunset, and do some stargazing. Honestly, I wouldn't mind going back specifically to spend the night out there. Besides, I love nearby Key West.

Samuel Mudd's Cell

Neil Noland posted a photo:

Samuel Mudd's Cell

Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the "harder" national parks to visit. (Well...not really.) You can't drive to it, though. It's one of the more expensive ones to get to for that reason. Pretty much a monopoly on transport. A round-trip day ticket on a ferry is about $175.

DTNP is a 2 hour ferry ride due west of Key West, Florida, about 70 miles out to sea. It's a very small island, pretty much dominated by Fort Jefferson, which, in its time, was one of the three largest stone/mason forts in the nation. During the 19th century, it was pretty strategically located, since boats heading to New Orleans would more than likely be floating on by.

This is also where Dr. Samuel Mudd was imprisoned for seven years following his judgment in the Lincoln assassination trial. (He's the fellow who tried to mend Booth's broken leg.) The phrase, "My name is mud" is not associated with him. (I always thought it was. Just found out...I was misled. So perhaps my name is mud. Look it up...)

DTNP has monthly photo contests. It's a great place to view birds, as it's a stopover on the flyway for many of them during their migrations.

Most people come here on day trips (like I did), though it's also possible to arrange overnight camping on the island, which would be a fantastic way to see sunrise, sunset, and do some stargazing. Honestly, I wouldn't mind going back specifically to spend the night out there. Besides, I love nearby Key West.

Fort Interior

Neil Noland posted a photo:

Fort Interior

Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the "harder" national parks to visit. (Well...not really.) You can't drive to it, though. It's one of the more expensive ones to get to for that reason. Pretty much a monopoly on transport. A round-trip day ticket on a ferry is about $175.

DTNP is a 2 hour ferry ride due west of Key West, Florida, about 70 miles out to sea. It's a very small island, pretty much dominated by Fort Jefferson, which, in its time, was one of the three largest stone/mason forts in the nation. During the 19th century, it was pretty strategically located, since boats heading to New Orleans would more than likely be floating on by.

This is also where Dr. Samuel Mudd was imprisoned for seven years following his judgment in the Lincoln assassination trial. (He's the fellow who tried to mend Booth's broken leg.) The phrase, "My name is mud" is not associated with him. (I always thought it was. Just found out...I was misled. So perhaps my name is mud. Look it up...)

DTNP has monthly photo contests. It's a great place to view birds, as it's a stopover on the flyway for many of them during their migrations.

Most people come here on day trips (like I did), though it's also possible to arrange overnight camping on the island, which would be a fantastic way to see sunrise, sunset, and do some stargazing. Honestly, I wouldn't mind going back specifically to spend the night out there. Besides, I love nearby Key West.

Fort Jefferson

Neil Noland posted a photo:

Fort Jefferson

Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the "harder" national parks to visit. (Well...not really.) You can't drive to it, though. It's one of the more expensive ones to get to for that reason. Pretty much a monopoly on transport. A round-trip day ticket on a ferry is about $175.

DTNP is a 2 hour ferry ride due west of Key West, Florida, about 70 miles out to sea. It's a very small island, pretty much dominated by Fort Jefferson, which, in its time, was one of the three largest stone/mason forts in the nation. During the 19th century, it was pretty strategically located, since boats heading to New Orleans would more than likely be floating on by.

This is also where Dr. Samuel Mudd was imprisoned for seven years following his judgment in the Lincoln assassination trial. (He's the fellow who tried to mend Booth's broken leg.) The phrase, "My name is mud" is not associated with him. (I always thought it was. Just found out...I was misled. So perhaps my name is mud. Look it up...)

DTNP has monthly photo contests. It's a great place to view birds, as it's a stopover on the flyway for many of them during their migrations.

Most people come here on day trips (like I did), though it's also possible to arrange overnight camping on the island, which would be a fantastic way to see sunrise, sunset, and do some stargazing. Honestly, I wouldn't mind going back specifically to spend the night out there. Besides, I love nearby Key West.

My Big Ten Inch...

Neil Noland posted a photo:

My Big Ten Inch...

Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the "harder" national parks to visit. (Well...not really.) You can't drive to it, though. It's one of the more expensive ones to get to for that reason. Pretty much a monopoly on transport. A round-trip day ticket on a ferry is about $175.

DTNP is a 2 hour ferry ride due west of Key West, Florida, about 70 miles out to sea. It's a very small island, pretty much dominated by Fort Jefferson, which, in its time, was one of the three largest stone/mason forts in the nation. During the 19th century, it was pretty strategically located, since boats heading to New Orleans would more than likely be floating on by.

This is also where Dr. Samuel Mudd was imprisoned for seven years following his judgment in the Lincoln assassination trial. (He's the fellow who tried to mend Booth's broken leg.) The phrase, "My name is mud" is not associated with him. (I always thought it was. Just found out...I was misled. So perhaps my name is mud. Look it up...)

DTNP has monthly photo contests. It's a great place to view birds, as it's a stopover on the flyway for many of them during their migrations.

Most people come here on day trips (like I did), though it's also possible to arrange overnight camping on the island, which would be a fantastic way to see sunrise, sunset, and do some stargazing. Honestly, I wouldn't mind going back specifically to spend the night out there. Besides, I love nearby Key West.

Stonework

Neil Noland posted a photo:

Stonework

Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the "harder" national parks to visit. (Well...not really.) You can't drive to it, though. It's one of the more expensive ones to get to for that reason. Pretty much a monopoly on transport. A round-trip day ticket on a ferry is about $175.

DTNP is a 2 hour ferry ride due west of Key West, Florida, about 70 miles out to sea. It's a very small island, pretty much dominated by Fort Jefferson, which, in its time, was one of the three largest stone/mason forts in the nation. During the 19th century, it was pretty strategically located, since boats heading to New Orleans would more than likely be floating on by.

This is also where Dr. Samuel Mudd was imprisoned for seven years following his judgment in the Lincoln assassination trial. (He's the fellow who tried to mend Booth's broken leg.) The phrase, "My name is mud" is not associated with him. (I always thought it was. Just found out...I was misled. So perhaps my name is mud. Look it up...)

DTNP has monthly photo contests. It's a great place to view birds, as it's a stopover on the flyway for many of them during their migrations.

Most people come here on day trips (like I did), though it's also possible to arrange overnight camping on the island, which would be a fantastic way to see sunrise, sunset, and do some stargazing. Honestly, I wouldn't mind going back specifically to spend the night out there. Besides, I love nearby Key West.

Bird

Neil Noland posted a photo:

Bird

Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the "harder" national parks to visit. (Well...not really.) You can't drive to it, though. It's one of the more expensive ones to get to for that reason. Pretty much a monopoly on transport. A round-trip day ticket on a ferry is about $175.

DTNP is a 2 hour ferry ride due west of Key West, Florida, about 70 miles out to sea. It's a very small island, pretty much dominated by Fort Jefferson, which, in its time, was one of the three largest stone/mason forts in the nation. During the 19th century, it was pretty strategically located, since boats heading to New Orleans would more than likely be floating on by.

This is also where Dr. Samuel Mudd was imprisoned for seven years following his judgment in the Lincoln assassination trial. (He's the fellow who tried to mend Booth's broken leg.) The phrase, "My name is mud" is not associated with him. (I always thought it was. Just found out...I was misled. So perhaps my name is mud. Look it up...)

DTNP has monthly photo contests. It's a great place to view birds, as it's a stopover on the flyway for many of them during their migrations.

Most people come here on day trips (like I did), though it's also possible to arrange overnight camping on the island, which would be a fantastic way to see sunrise, sunset, and do some stargazing. Honestly, I wouldn't mind going back specifically to spend the night out there. Besides, I love nearby Key West.

I Got the Blues

Neil Noland posted a photo:

I Got the Blues

Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the "harder" national parks to visit. (Well...not really.) You can't drive to it, though. It's one of the more expensive ones to get to for that reason. Pretty much a monopoly on transport. A round-trip day ticket on a ferry is about $175.

DTNP is a 2 hour ferry ride due west of Key West, Florida, about 70 miles out to sea. It's a very small island, pretty much dominated by Fort Jefferson, which, in its time, was one of the three largest stone/mason forts in the nation. During the 19th century, it was pretty strategically located, since boats heading to New Orleans would more than likely be floating on by.

This is also where Dr. Samuel Mudd was imprisoned for seven years following his judgment in the Lincoln assassination trial. (He's the fellow who tried to mend Booth's broken leg.) The phrase, "My name is mud" is not associated with him. (I always thought it was. Just found out...I was misled. So perhaps my name is mud. Look it up...)

DTNP has monthly photo contests. It's a great place to view birds, as it's a stopover on the flyway for many of them during their migrations.

Most people come here on day trips (like I did), though it's also possible to arrange overnight camping on the island, which would be a fantastic way to see sunrise, sunset, and do some stargazing. Honestly, I wouldn't mind going back specifically to spend the night out there. Besides, I love nearby Key West.