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“Experience a part of history!”

Reviewed 6 August 2017

Took the Yankee Freedom II to Dry Tortugas National Park. The staff, including the Captain were very nice and polite and went out of their way to provide a great experience. The ride was pretty smooth and, although they warned that it would be rougher on the way back, it was a great ride. The staff provides a continental breakfast and lunch with an assortment of cold meats and breads, etc....even peanut butter and jelly, along with plenty of cold water and sodas. Hollywood, our guide was outstanding! He really brought the story to life, and you truly felt as if you were there during the time the fort was being built. Rob, the trainee guide, did a great job, as well. We opted for the longer guided tour, after which there was plenty of time to swim, snorkel or just kick back and relax. this is definitely a must-do!

Thank lynt0m
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Reviewed 5 August 2017

We are National Park geeks and @DryTortugas has been on our trip-planning radar for some time.

While it takes some additional effort, time, planning and cash resources - DTNP is clearly a special place

We visited on the Yankee Freedom which is a fun & relaxing ride, run by professional organization.

We were also fortunate to pre-plan and reserve a camping spot for 2 nights. A lot of logistics and planning go into hauling 2 nights camping gear from Dallas to Key West -
but we made it happen

Deep history at the fort, beautifully clear waters surrounding it and an incredible experience to be one of just a dozen or so people on the island after the boats and planes have left.

At night - Bright milky-way and amazing shooting-stars complete with trails and tracking blinking satellites across the heavens.

In the early AM - Beautiful colors for sunrise and incredible sounds of the island birds beginning the day.

200 pound grouper caught and released around the dock pilings, huge tarpon and amazing fish varieties all around the barrier walls of the fort.

Finally - we kayaked to Loggerhead Key and didn't see another soul the entire morning while snorkeling in pristine waters full of live conch shells, starfish and sea-life around the old docks and abandoned structures of the island.

Not everything is fantastic though in July heat and sweltering humidity - imagine trying to tent sleep in these conditions. A bit of breeze helps - but 100s of moving hermit-crabs keep you from just crashing on the open beach.

Park Rangers are laid-back and helpful and the small NP visitors-office on the island is well-done.

Start your DTNP planning now - it truly is an amazing place!

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Reviewed 3 August 2017

Very informative and beautiful views of the Dry Totugas. Wonderful snorkeling. Highly recommend a visit.

1  Thank Fran B
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Reviewed 1 August 2017

One of the best park experiences we've ever had. The fort is small and so are the beach areas, but the snorkeling is amazing and the history behind this place is very interesting. We took the Yankee Freedom II out and back in but next time might opt for the sea plane (despite costing much more) to enjoy more time here.

Thank 14Adventurer
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Reviewed 1 August 2017

The Yankee Freedom Ferry was a very nice Ferry to get us to Dry Tortuga. They provided transportation, Breakfast and Lunch and a 20 min mini tour and an hour long tour of the Fort. A great way to learn some history. However, if you are going to Dry Tortuga for the beautiful waters and snorkeling, realize you will only have a very short time for this activity. It is a 2 1/2 hour ride there and 2 1/2 hour ride back and the nice tour through the fort lasted an hour.

Thank Jeanne J
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