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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  • August 14, 2017
    The beach rental umbrellas and chairs spot closes at 5. A bit pricey at 35.00 for 2 chairs and an umbrella. And we rented for 1 hour. The beach is full of rocks so be prepared to have a hard go of thi...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Did not end up going into the park because they charge just to walk thru the gates. Talked to some people (from Capetown, South Africa) and they said it was very rocky and not that good. Just wanted t...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We there were family and friends. Fort in him even shows fairly little interest. However with a little imagination you can let themselves be surprised to spend several hours... However, over 7 people, 5 got tired after an hour...
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  • June 19, 2017
    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).
  • July 9, 2017
    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.
  • August 7, 2016
    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)
  • September 18, 2016
    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.
  • June 10, 2016
    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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