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Garden Key

Dry Tortugas National Park, FL
+1 800-634-0939
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If you're considering a day trip from Key West, DO IT!

We got to Garden Key on Christmas day and spent 3 days/nights there on our catamaran. We anchored... read more

Reviewed 29 January 2017
Mandy R
Largo, Florida, United States
Not Exactly The Garden Of Paradise!

After Fort Jefferson, we snorkeled on Garden Key. It was okay, but a long boat ride for less of an... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2016
Jacksonville, Florida
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Main island in the Dry Tortugas National Park.
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

We got to Garden Key on Christmas day and spent 3 days/nights there on our catamaran. We anchored in the bay where the ferry and seaplanes come in; although, it's not the official anchorage, the rangers have no problem with boats there. Walking through the...More

Thank Mandy R
Reviewed 10 July 2016

After Fort Jefferson, we snorkeled on Garden Key. It was okay, but a long boat ride for less of an adventure than snorkeling in other keys. Don't go just for this.

Thank xzytt
Reviewed 6 July 2016

Garden Key, an island in the Dry Tortugas where Ft Jefferson is located has everything the adventuresome, eco-minded traveler is looking for. And it lacks the noise, over-crowding, and dirt of Key West. Snorkel in the most pristine turquise waters of the Gulf of Mexico,...More

1  Thank keywestbeachgirl
Reviewed 23 June 2016

Great place to get off of the Yankee Freedom II and enjoy the fort and surrounding area. The waters are beautiful shades of blue and the fort is amazing.. This is a great place to snorkel and enjoy the sun.

Thank jeffrey w
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

The trip was wonderful. The ferry and staff were marvelous and efficient. The water is the drawing point, amazing for snorkeling and swimming. The Fort was interesting and you can explore it at your leisure. A must do excursion.

Thank Hippychick32
Reviewed 10 January 2016

It is kind of pricey to go but the ferry supplies breakfast and lunch. The staff was so nice and Dry Tortugas is a place that you don't want to miss. This place is absolutely beautiful. Go and explore the island, the fort and the...More

4  Thank Marie T
Reviewed 16 October 2015

Took a day trip to Dry Tortuga several years ago. My daughter and I vowed to return and spend time camping and hopefully enjoy the evening sky without the light pollution of the cities. We were sure it must be amazing. It is!!! We began...More

20  Thank dadinwpb
Reviewed 6 August 2015

Garden Key is the home of Ft. Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas National Park. Multiple ways to get here: the daily Yankee Freedom cruise (who are partners with the park service), by Seaplane, or by private boat. The Yankee Freedom, cruising at 26 kts, gets...More

4  Thank DBoell
Reviewed 2 July 2015 via mobile

There it is rising up from the sea as you roll up to the island. The most striking thing about this place is that it is set out in the middle of nowhere. Definitely worth the effort to get there!

1  Thank JChB64
Reviewed 4 June 2015

This was the first National Park that cold only be accessed by boat or sea plane. The boat ride was nice but as we went through a deep channel the water was a bit rough and we felt a little sea sick. The captain warned...More

4  Thank elon91463
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Arla H
16 November 2016|
Response from pattyduluthtoo |
The average high winter temperature in Key West in mid January is 75; avg low temperature is 65.
27 March 2016|
Response from pattyduluthtoo |
No, thee is only one concessioner to the Dry Tortugas