Happy Holidays from the Dry Tortugas Ferry Service
Just the yearly reminder: No ferry service Christmas Day to Dry Tortugas National Park
Online PR News – 23-December-2010 – Key West, Florida – The Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry Service runs 364 days a year to the amazing Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson. Spend a day visiting a remarkable landmark. Travel aboard the Dry Tortugas ferry seventy miles offshore to Fort Jefferson monument.
The Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson Ferry Excursion is an amazing all-day adventure to the chain of islands known as the Dry Tortugas. Travel on a scenic journey through the Gulf of Mexico, past uninhabited back country islands, the Spanish-named Marquesas Islands and the Key West fishing flats. Enroute to the fort, enjoy a narrative about the significance of the area and the fort's history.
These remote waters are known for their legendary shipwrecks, large game fish and wildlife.
The Dry Tortugas Ferry departs daily from the Key West seaport with a transit time of 2 1/2 hours to the Dry Tortugas National Park seventy miles west of Key West, is home to the historic fort. The history behind Fort Jefferson is intriguing. Construction started in 1846 and continued for 30 years. The fort is the western hemisphere’s largest masonry structure. It’s original purpose was to insure sea-lane control during America’s expansion into the Caribbean. During the Civil War Fort Jefferson was used as a military prison and housed conspirators in the Lincoln assassination. Visitors can follow a guided tour or explore the maritime fort on their own.
Designated a wildlife refuge in 1908 by Pres.Theodore Roosevelt, Dry Tortugas is a nature-lover’s paradise. The island is home to an estimated three hundred species of birds throughout the year and is a world-renown bird-watcher’s destination. The waters surrounding the fort are crystal clear and have been protected for four decades. Wildlife is abundant here and the park waters teem with marine life offering exceptional shallow water snorkeling. Snorkeling is a favorite activity at the Dry Tortugas, while many visitors enjoy swimming or beach combing along the white sandy shoreline. Snorkeling gear is available to all snorkelers furnished by the ferry service.
Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and lunch buffet. Snacks, water, and sodas are also complimentary and served all day. During the return trip beer, wine, and mixed drinks are available for purchase.
This trip has been rated as one of the top adventures in the state of Florida. Ferry seats are limited due to the limited number of visitors allowed by The National Park Service each day. Reservations must be made in advance. Due to the popularity of the Dry Tortugas Ferry excursion, the trips often sell-out.
Touring a historic American Fort. Snorkeling in clear blue waters. Bird watching, sun-tanning on pristine beaches, and plenty of time for quiet relaxation. It is all included in the Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson Tour.
For more information call 305-619-3617
Dry Tortugas Ferry
305-393-1109 or 305-942-1956