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Fort Zachary Taylor, Key West

Categories: Beaches, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots, Outdoor Activities
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4.1/5 based on 4,000+ reviews on the web
Offering a mix of history and recreation, Fort Zachary Taylor centers on a military fort from the Civil War era. Construction began in 1845 and lasted nearly 20 years. The fort played an important role in a network of military garrisons located along the southeastern coast. Deactivated in the 1940s, the fort contains the largest collection of Civil War cannons in the country. Take a short tour of the military establishment, and then spend time swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving on the sandy beach. To escape tourist crowds near the fort, hike or cycle the natural trails crisscrossing the park. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Fort Zachary Taylor and many more Key West attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Key West travel itinerary maker.
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  • We visited as an afterthought toward the end of the trip.I wish we came earlier. They have a terrific picnic area and a really nice beach. We didn't visit the fort but that was OK,We cant wait for a r...  read more »
  • Actually visited this place more than anything by the beach. It has a cost of 8 dollars to enter with auto. The Fort is all very well, but expected a little more than its history. The beach area also has a park with benches to eat. There is a small business that you supplies of food, more than anything, fast. You have wifi on that local only if you buy something to eat. The connection lasts 30 min.
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  • Nice to the bath, are expensive - $30 for 2 Sun beds with shade! Few meters further there is sandy beach! You can park the car well. The complex is guarded, paid admission. It has a shower and changing room - cabins, as well as a kiosk!
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  • This state park has everything you need to spend a great day. It has a large picnic area covered with tress that offer shadow and cover from the sun. The beach is very nice and the color of the water is a beautiful turquoise. The beach is a mixture of sand and rock but there are areas where getting into the water is very easy and it's really worth seeing. In addition, you can visit the fort and learn about the history of the place doing a self guided tour or listen to the daily park tour at 11 (I didn't so can't give an opinion on that). Entrance to the park is only 2.5 per person (walking or on a bike) and somewhere along 5 per car. This place is a great option to spend a sunny day if staying in key west and I would highly recommend it to couples, friends and families alike!
  • This place was amazing. I visited in August; water was very warm and conditions for snorkeling and observing underwater life great. I got there by boat but I saw lots of water airplanes so I guess that is an option too
  • An interesting place to go while visiting Key West. The history behind the fort is fascinating and its restoration is remarkable. During the Civil War it was seized by the Union and never fell into Confederate hands. Civil War ammunition, cannons, and even uniforms were found when excavated by volunteers in the late 1960s. A helpful guide went out of his way to get our attention to explain all the ballistics and munition types used at the fort. Very fascinating.
  • Be prepared to have water shoes handy. If you have sensitive feet, the rocks can be a little jagged. There are some spots along the beach that aren't so rocky and easy to walk across and in the water. Other than that, it was super refreshing. I suggest getting here by bike, cheaper and faster. Lots of bike racks.
  • Unique fort. Remarkable atmosphere. A little hidden secret spot. I had been to Key West many times before I got to Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. The reason Fort Zachary Taylor is not better known is probably its location: When in Key West, the only indication of the fort is a small street sign. Because it is on the water behind the Truman Annex, you don’t pass it while walking or driving. Dredging of a ship channel resulted in earth being piled around the fort, which once was surrounded by water. What’s worse:  Most of its Civil War era cannons were missing. I had been to Key West many times before I got to Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park.   *****
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