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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  • Great beach love it there food available at the snack shack. Chairs and umbrella also available. Check out the fort  more »
  • Call US is full of restaurants, bars, gift shops and tourists. If you would like to come to the best beach and the best picnic grounds and the best view of the ocean including the sunset then you shou...  more »
  • Biked to the Fort beach and had a wonderful day relaxing in the sun. Beach was not crowded. Water was great - bring water shoes as rocky/coral terrain.  more »
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  • Just went last wk end. I was extremely impressed!! It's better than before the hurricane last summer! Many upgrades. Have chairs n umbrellas for just a deposit u get back. Restaurant, Bathrooms, grills n shaded huge pine trees. Very spread out, lots of parking, best beach views we have. Costs a 5-10 bucks to get in. Clean, park rangers. A nice day at a beautiful beach!!!!!! Kw 4ever ✌😎
  • Overall nice scenic beach. My wife and I were told about it by a attraction guy in key west , but not told about the amount of rocks on it.Nice light blue water. Great for snorkeling on a calm ocean day. Only downfall is it has a lot of rocks on the beach and in the water ,if you plan on swimming or snorkeling bring some water shoes! The rocks will hurt you feet! Wife and I enjoyed the beach. With the cheap $5.00 admission and map they give to you is a nice relaxing beach and fort attractions!
  • A lovely and quiet beach, ample parking and all the amenities needed within a short walking distance. Rent umbrellas and lounge chairs, there is a small takeout restaurant if you need a light snack or a cool drink, picnic tables under shade...clean restrooms near by. The beach is a bit rocky but to be expected considering it is Key West and surrounded by a coral reef. The sunset is to die for and well worth sticking around long after your day has ended to take in the views of sailboats going by as the sun sinks down in the west!
  • The fort is pretty cool and of course has a bit of history. Children will love it but watch the steps because they are steep. Watch on the rooftops so no small ones fall. If you look in the trees around the most you may see iguanas. Rated a 2 because the ranger was not friendly at all. Asked him how he was and stated 8 bucks to get in. No toilet paper or towels in either the men's or women's restrooms. The state park should be better than this.
  • A beautiful place to take in the ocean. Sit on a picnic table and admire the ocean and nature. Go for a dip. A Must go to, when in Key West. The fort is worth the self walking tour. Nature areas. Watch the boats coming in out Key West.
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