The park features seven coral reefs, the Dry Tortugas, and is
located about 70 miles west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico.
Snorkel throughout the park or explore on foot 16-acre Garden Key,
which features the ruins of Fort Jefferson. The park is accessible
only by boat or seaplane.
The park has earned worldwide fame as a birding destination. Spring
and fall migrations are the best times to visit and check for many
species of warblers, vireos and other songbirds. Birders also watch
for less common West Indian species that may include the ruddy
quail dove, variegated flycatcher, loggerhead kingbird, Bahama
swallow, Bahama mockingbird, thick-billed vireo, and yellow-faced
grassquit. Check the less-accessible keys by boat for nesting
magnificent frigatebird, masked booby, sooty tern and brown noddy.
Snorkeling is popular year-round.
National Park Service
Call the Key West Chamber of Commerce for up-to-date information on
transportation options to and from the island; (305) 294-2587 or
Florida Wildlife Sites