The following items are items that we recommend that you bring if you are planning on spending just the day at the Dry Tortugas.
* Bathing suit
* Beach Towel
* Change of clothing
* Small amount of Cash
* Sturdy pair of walking shoes
* You may bring your own snorkeling gear if you wish.
Day Trips to the Dry Tortugas - boarding begins at 7:15 am
Upon departure, at 8 am, from Key West, you will enjoy a continental breakfast of fresh fruit, freshly baked bagels, doughnuts, cereal, orange juice, and coffee. En route to Dry Tortugas National Park our onboard naturalist will give you an orientation about the area and the national park's surroundings. During your voyage to one of America's most remote National Parks, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Marquesa Islands, Boca Grande, and frequent turtle and dolphin sightings.
Enjoy the comfortable amenities of the Yankee Freedom II
The Yankee Freedom II will take you to Dry Tortugas National Park and back again at a speed of up to 30 m.p.h. with safety and comfort like no other ferry operating out of Key West today. Built to the highest standards and design, you are assured the most comfortable ride out of Key West!
The Yankee Freedom II also features a large, fully air conditioned main cabin, comfortable cushioned seats, three restrooms, fresh water rinse shower, full galley serving snacks, soft drinks, beer, wine, mixed drinks, film, and souveniers.
The upper deck is open to the sea air and sights and sounds of marine life. There is spacious shaded and un-shaded sundeck seating with areas to stretch out and enjoy the sunshine and the view. Also topside there's a convenient cocktail bar.
Enjoy a leisurely day at Fort Jefferson
Upon arriving at Dry Tortugas National Park, passengers will disembark at Fort Jefferson, located on Garden Key, and have the option of joining a 40-minute guided tour of the fort. Following the tour, you will enjoy a complimentary picnic buffet of fresh deli meats and cheeses (we also have peanut butter and jelly for the little ones), potato and pasta salad, chips, lemonade and iced tea. You may wish to enjoy your lunch underneath the shade of a palm tree in the park's picnic area.
Visitors can take advantage of the swimming, snorkeling, beach walking, exploring, birding, and the flora and fauna of this pristine island. (Snorkel gear may be borrowed free of charge from the Yankee Freedom II.)
After reboarding in mid-afternoon we will depart, arriving back in Key West at approximately 5:30 p.m.