We took the "Yankee Freedom" boat cruise. It was approx. $169.00/person. We arrived at the dock in Key West at 7:00am (varies on the time of the year) and returned approx. 5:30pm. Breakfast and lunch are included with a cash bar available on the way back to Key West. The cruise is about two and a half hours across open water, so come prepared is you get motion sick. However, Dry Tortugas National Park is a one of a kind national park. It is the southern most park. It is mostly a water park but Garden Key has Fort Jefferson, a civil war era fort which is one of the largest brick buildings in the the western hemisphere. Bush Key is closed because it is a bird nesting area but the water surrounding it is spectacular. "Yankee Freedom" provides snokeling gear and a Park Ranger give a tour of Fort Jefferson (approx 45 mins) for free. Coral and other sea life can be seen when snorkeling and the beaches are great for sunbathing. We were at Garden Key for about 4 hrs and loved every minute. For an extra $100+/person a seaplane adventure can be had. Flying time is forty minutes one way vs. two and a half hrs by boat. Dry Tortugas is a major route for migrating birds so book early if you are a birder! No restrooms are on the island and all trash is taken back on the boat. Restrooms are available on the boat.
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