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Fort Matanzas National Monument, Saint Augustine

Categories: National Parks, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web
To touch the humid walls more than two and a half centuries old of Fort Matanzas National Monument, hop on a small ferry and cross the river to this Spanish outpost fort. It's in the midst of a salt marsh and rich with wildlife. See the exact room where soldiers were sleeping, eating, and getting dressed before their duties. Up on the rooftop, you can check out the cannons that were used to guard the area. Pick up free tickets at the visitor center on the mainland. The area is suitable for picnicking. Use our Saint Augustine holiday planner to add Fort Matanzas National Monument and other attractions to your Saint Augustine vacation plans.
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  • I have taken visitors to this place several times. I always learn something new. There are quite a few guides that all have a different area of expertise. The boat ride across to the fort is beautiful...  read more »
  • This place is worth your time. It's got a good mix of History, pretty scenery, and just enough stuff to keep you entertained for a few minutes. Expect to spend about 2 hours here, try and catch the fe...  read more »
  • This fort is unique in that you take a boat ride to get to it. It is very small. The park rangers tell you the history and answer questions on the boat ride. It is a Hirt distance and calm river. You ...  read more »
  • Fort Matanzas is well worth a visit. Located 14 miles south of St. Augustine, the fort is an 18th century Spanish military structure used for defending against enemy vessels. Today, the National Park Service transports visitors from the parking area to the fort via a free ferry ride. The 10-minute ride across the Matanzas River features scenic views and a relaxing river breeze. After reaching the dock, it’s a brief walk to the fort’s entrance, where a park ranger shares a lesson on Spanish colonial history. An outer stairway leads to the first level that contains canons overlooking the surrounding waterway. Venture to the upper observation deck by climbing a vertical ladder through a tight opening. From the top deck you can see Rattlesnake Island, the Matanzas Inlet, and leisure boaters. The entire trip to Fort Matanzas can be done in about two hours. There is no charge to visit this Florida gem … and you’ll enjoy a pleasant boat ride, moderate exercise, and a Florida history lesson.
  • I enjoyed this visit. First, it's a free state park. Second, the staff enjoys their jobs and are quite knowledgeable. The ferry ride was quick and you have the opportunity to see manatees in the waterways. I enjoy history of our nation and this was amazing!
  • Definitely worth a visit. It's a free tour and boat ride. Difficult for those who are handicap and there is no way to go into the fort for the disabled but they make up for it. They have a wheelchair you can transfer to if needed and they let the disabled borrow an IPAD with interesting information about the fort so you are not totally ignored. Even though we couldn't go into the fort the Rangers were very helpful and informative.
  • A fantastic, free way to spend an hour or two. Not very accessible for those with disabilities, but it's gorgeous and full of history. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and be prepared to walk up and down several sets of stairs to fully explore the fort.
  • This park does a great job of combining history and nature for a great experience. Admission to the park and the boat tour are free and you are given a time slot for your tour and there are plenty of things to do while you wait. Good trails and a scenic beach. a great place to spend the day! Great views from the top of the fort of the surrounding area. Park rangers are friendly and knowledgeable as well. Well worth it!
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