One of the central attractions of the islands and a must for Dry Tortugas day trips is the massive Fort Jefferson. It is one of the largest coastal fortresses in existence in the entire world and is one of the Dry Tortugas' main attractions. It is so massive; in fact, that this fortress found on Garden Key is almost an island in and of itself.
The Dry Tortugas are also known for their unique and exotic displays of both avian and marine life. Terns and pelicans can both be found in abundance in the area, along with many other varieties of birds. Snorkeling is a common pastime among day trippers to the area, and the multitudes of fish and other marine life to be found among the islands is truly astounding. The crystal blue waters make the sport even more enjoyable as you can see under the water almost as well as you can see above the water.
Most Dry Tortugas day trips involve ferries. Leaving from Key West and other islands, the ferry will take you out across the ocean to these magnificent islands. Calm, relaxing ride out on the gorgeous open waters allows you to take in the beauty of the Florida Keys while you head to your final destination at Fort Jefferson and the rest of the Dry Tortugas. You then have time to explore the area, take a tour of the fort, take a dip in the ocean and perhaps even go snorkeling. There is plenty to do here in the Dry Tortugas and it will truly make for a wonderful day. Average ferry times from Key West are about 2 hours one way.
For the more adventurous or those looking to eat up a little less travel time, sea planes are also available for Dry Tortugas day trips. If you're looking for the shortest travel time or are hoping for a more exciting trip, there is no better way to get to the Dry Tortugas than by taking a sea plane. Most sea planes head out to the Tortugas on a daily basis and it can be a great way to travel. Strap yourself into a sea plane and watch the water and islands pass by beneath you.
Whether you travel by plane or by ferry you will certainly be thrilled by all that there is here in the Dry Tortugas. The historic Fort Jefferson has now been turned into a wildlife preserve, allowing you to see many beautiful and exotic animals on this tropical island here in the incredible Florida Keys.
There are many different companies that offer chances for many Dry Tortugas day trips. Reservations can be made through the Key West Welcome Center. You might also want to check out Sunny Days Catamarans. These and many more travel companies can hook you up with a great excursion out to America's most remote national park.
The Dry Tortugas are truly an amazing sight to behold. In all of the United States there is nothing quite like the Dry Tortugas. Any visitors taking one of the different Dry Tortugas day trips will find themselves immersed in a world of fascinating history, incredible tales, amazing wildlife and stunning beauty all around. What are you waiting for. Starting planning your very own Dry Tortugas day trip today!