The last time the Dry Tortugas National Park increased its entrance fee, from $5 to $10, it had been eighteen years since the previous increase.
But just three years later, park fees are again set to rise. Effective June 1, 2018, the Dry Tortugas National Park entrance fee will be increased from $10 per adult to $15 per adult.
The fee increase is part of a larger effort by the current administration to significantly raise fees at the country’s most popular national parks. Public backlash was intense earlier in the year when doubling of prices was initially proposed. Many individuals and families complained they could not afford to visit the parks if entrance fees increased drastically.
There is no doubt that our National Parks are a treasure that everyone should visit. The Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the most special parks, with its remote location 70 miles from Key West, its architectural significance as the largest brick-masonry structure in the United States, its wondrous and beautiful ecology, and its noteworthy history in Fort Jefferson.
Fifteen dollars is still an good price for this adventurous experience.