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Fort Zachary Taylor, Key West

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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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  • This attraction is located in Key West in Florida and in particular is in a large area which includes the Fort used in the civil war, a park and a large Bay with beach and beautiful sea. Unfortunately restricted timetable we were allowed to explore it from the inside, while outside we could see some iguanas that loitering near the entrance. The beach, not far from the Fort is accessible by pine trees (where there are areas equipped for barbecue and picnic), there is a small bar with prices quite high, convenient parking, of course free saw that you pay a fee at the entrance of the entire area, a white sandy beach and a sea "Caribbean". Overall a positive visit; shame about the Strong but I was unable to see him because I was supposed to come back another day and it wasn't in my availability.
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  • Spend the morning at the beach and then come back in the evening for the best spot to catch the sunset. Not as crowded as Mallory Square. It's right where the sunset cruises go! Also, a great park to ...  more »
  • Great state park right on the ocean. It is a bit rocky but I was prepared and brought water shoes. They have all amenities available to include umbrellas, chair rentals and snorkle gear. They have cle...  more »
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  • Ignore the construction at the entrance; its worth the small fee to go here! The sand is as nice as they can make it, albeit a bit rocky. Lots of picnic tables, lots of shade for us non-swimmers. I just sat and listened to my headphones and had a good time. Very easy parking and folks seem really happy here.
  • You have to pay to get in. It's not expensive. If you go early before sunset you can still see the clear blue water. If you go during sunset you can watch the spectacular silouhettes whilst looking at the sun go down. There are parts of the beach that are rocky but keep walking & you'll get to soft sand. Giant coral rocks. But you won't mind at all. Nice place. Bonus: you'll also find a famous popular photographed sign there.(you can take your own ಠ⌣ಠ)
  • I enjoyed each and every visit here. It's beautiful and peaceful. The fishing is great if like myself you climb the rocks on the SW point all the way out to the end and cast out to deeper water. As for the beach I found it unpleasant because of all the small rocks so I would simply jump in off the rocks where I swam with the sharks I was catching lol. Yes there are sharks all around you. I have filmed baby Hammerheads right off the seawall.
  • Beach was a little pebbly. There's a little fast food joint that was doing a roaring trade. We didn't eat there, but the menu looked pretty good. I liked the benches and tables scattered throughout the wooded area...close enough to see the beach but comfortable and relaxing in the shade. Good for snoozing. There's an admission charge but it's low. We cycled there and I think they charged us a couple of bucks each. We cycled there from Duval St which took all of about 5 minutes.
  • The best beach in Key West if you are looking for clear water and clean sand. It is a little rocky so I recommend water shoes. There are breakers that help reduce the waves and provide a good assortment of fish to look at while snorkeling.