Dry Tortugas National Park
Touring Fort Jefferson - Take a self-guiding walking tour of America's largest 19th century coastal fort. Follow the signs with a civil war soldier on them.
Ranger-conducted activities - Check the dock's announcement board or the Visitor Center for dates and times of ranger-guided programs.
Camping - Camping is available, but all supplies, including fresh water, must be brought in. Parties of more than ten must make reservations by writing to the park.
Fishing - The dock on Garden Key is a good place to catch saltwater fish. Sportsmen can fish from their own boats offshore. Check with a ranger for specifics. Lobstering is prohibited in the park. Fishing licenses are available in Key West.
Boating - Private boaters can visit the park. Nautical charts are sold in Key West. Information is obtainable from the Key West U.S. Coast Guard Station, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Charter Boat Association. Boaters should be aware of the possibility of extremely rough seas. Check with a ranger for rules on docking and mooring.
Snorkeling - Patches of healthy coral reef, some easily accessible from shore and in shallow water, are snorkeling havens. Ask a ranger about the best snorkeling opportunities. Snorkeling equipment may be borrowed at the Visitor Center.
Birdwatching - The Dry Tortugas are renowned for spring bird migrations and tropical bird specialties. Contact the park for a bird check list and information.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication