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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. Add Fort Zachary Taylor and other attractions to your Key West trip itinerary using our Key West trip planner.
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  • This is a great beach. You can rent chairs and umbrellas. There r food and drink options but we didn’t try those. The beach is very clean and pretty. The water is clear. It is rocky to walk on at... 
    This is a great beach. You can rent chairs and umbrellas. There r food and drink options but we didn’t try those. The beach is very clean and pretty. The water is clear. It is rocky to walk on at...  more »
  • Took my family here while on a day trip to Key West. We didn't sightsee around the fort but rather spent several hours at the beach although the entire park seemed very nice, well maintained and... 
    Took my family here while on a day trip to Key West. We didn't sightsee around the fort but rather spent several hours at the beach although the entire park seemed very nice, well maintained and...  more »
  • My husband loves Forts, so we have been to MANY. This is a Fort similar to other Forts but the view is so much sweeter. Take some time to go down to the Rocky beach afterwards for some great photo.....  more
    My husband loves Forts, so we have been to MANY. This is a Fort similar to other Forts but the view is so much sweeter. Take some time to go down to the Rocky beach afterwards for some great photo.....  more »
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  • I visited Key West earlier this month (March) and I absolutely loved the beach at the park. We arrived early and were able to grab a perfect spot with rental chairs and umbrellas. They also offer snorkeling and floating bed rentals. Highly recommend the floating bed! The staff at the rental kiosk and the cafe were exemplary. The girls at the cafe were especially patient when our group kept getting our order confused. The only downside: It is a rather ROCKY beach. Not the worst I've seen, but BRING WATER SHOES. That being said, my friends who were in flip flops still loved it far more than other beaches we visited at Key West. I wish we had had more time to visit the Fort.
  • One of the best beaches in Key West. I always have a blast stopping here. People were super friendly too! Great park area with lots of different plants to read about and view. We even saw a huge Iguana just chilling in a tree! Water was pretty calm and not too murky. There are lots of rocks on the beach so wear some water shoes if needed! Had a great time taking in the scenery and enjoying the ocean waters, I love Key West. This is a must stop for beach goers if you're in the area!
  • This is a beautiful beach. I went in the month of October and the weather was perfect. I got there a little before sunset and was able to see the sunset at around 7 PM. The beach is located with in a state park. There’s plenty of parking in the park.There is a small fee to enter the park. The water was excellent not too rough and the waves were calm. There was plenty of picnic area for the family and plenty of shade. The beach is completely shaded about 50 feet from the shore.
  • Cool fort and grounds to explore. They also have beaches for swimming and a couple cool spots to snorkel. Also very reasonably priced and you can come and go all day if you need. Check things out and take a dip. Go and get some good food then come back in for the sunset.
  • Great little spot that highlights the time during the Spanish war.

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