Okay, I know I promised this post about a week ago. The wait is over! Here is an overview of our favorite activity that we did in Florida: Taking a sea plane to the Dry Tortugas National Park.
We knew that we wanted to visit the Dry Tortugas National Park when we were visiting the Keys but couldn’t decide if we wanted to take the boat or the seaplane to get out there. We ended up deciding on Key West Seaplane Adventures simply because the total time of the trip was much less. With the boat you will spend much of your day on a boat in the middle of the ocean. Meh. Taking the seaplane is about a 4 hour trip which left us plenty of time for exploring Key West that day.
The trip starts at the Key West Airport. The seaplane also has wheels so it takes off and lands at the airport in Key West. On the island since there’s no airport the plane lands in the water. I think if you blindfolded me I never would have known we landed in the water! The flight to the island is about 35 minutes and the pilot does a fabulous job explaining what you are seeing when you fly over it. There is also a soundtrack to go along with the flight so you get to listen to music. Since the plane flies at a low altitude (about 500 ft) you are able to see a lot. We saw lots of turtles, shipwrecks, and even a boat full of cuban refugees.
One we got to the island we spent some time exploring Fort Jefferson and then we went snorkeling. I loved walking around the fort- especially along the edge of the moat! I heard there is a crocodile that is sometimes there but we did not see him. The snorkeling was nice too and we saw lots of colorful fish and corals.
On the trip back I got to sit in the copilot’s seat! SO COOL! This is definitely the best seat in the plane. If you’re first in line or no one else wants it, you will be the lucky one to sit shotgun. This was a fabulous trip and even though the tickets cost us more than the tickets from Portland down to Fort Lauderdale I was really happy that we took the trip and it was well worth the money! 🙂
Taking a trip to Fort Jefferson? Here’s what you need to know!
– I’m really happy that we took the sea plane over the boat. It is a little more expensive but I think it was totally worth it. It’s a great experience and I’m glad we didn’t spend all day on a boat.
-Take the 8 am or the 2 pm trip on the seaplane. This way you will not have all the boat passengers on the island at that time! It felt like a private island. We went at 2 pm.
– When you check in at the airport they will give you a cooler with water or sodas that you can take with you! So don’t worry about bringing your own.
-There are places to change either at the check in at Key West Airport or at the Dry Tortugas.
– If i was going to do one thing differently I would have snorkeled first and explored the fort afterwards. I think this would have been a better use of time as we walked around the fort, then snorkeled, and then had an awkward amount of time left where we didn’t have time to snorkel at another beach so we just walked around again.