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. Add Fort Zachary Taylor and other attractions to your Key West trip itinerary using our Key West trip planner.
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  • on the edge of the island enjoy this treasure! Picnic tables and a beach area with amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico!  more »
  • Spent several days here at the beach. Fort is cool but the beach and park are awesome. Nice cafe on the beach. Lots of fun.  more »
  • We have made multiple trips to the keys and every trip we end up spending 2 days at the park and fort. Very interesting history of the fort, amazing views, and fantastic beach.  more »
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  • The park itself is pretty and the fort is a very interesting place to look around. Lots of non-native iguanas that look pretty intimidating. The beach is just "okay"....rocky and lots of broken shells. Nice areas to picnic in the trees next to the beach, if you are able to secure a picnic table. We actually witnessed a very interesting military exercise on the Navy property next door, while we were laying on the beach (see photos).
  • We need to pay per person to get in and we love this beach. Clear blue water and small or no waves. There are ton of gravel and I wish some sand instead.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.

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To explore the best of what Key West has to offer on foot, stay near Old Town, a picturesque neighborhood famous for its streets lined with tropical trees and gardens. Most hotels in this area feature rooftop decks, where you can meet friends for cocktails and enjoy ocean views at sunset. If you don't mind driving to where most of the action is, consider staying at a budget-priced inn or bed and breakfast on the eastern end of the island.
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