Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Augustine

4.6
#3 of 17 in Historic Sites in St. Augustine
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. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a St. Augustine trip simple and quick.
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  • You have to take a boat to see the monument. But the boat is down for repairs. The monument is not far from the visitor center. You can walk along the road or path to see the monument. It is not far, ...  more »
  • I would loved to give higher start rating however the boat was not running and for some reason down so I was disappointed with that. We toured the area and that was fun. This is a great photo spot and...  more »
  • We visited the fort while on vacation. Luckily, we were able to park at the metered lot nearby. This is a good photo op, go on a sunny day. I’d go again.  more »
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  • The ferry is out of service right now. We've been before though and the tour is interesting and full of historic details. You can get great photos as well. Visit the beach and the inlet while you're there. Exploring the inlet at low tide is awesome I'd you like to look for marine life.
  • While the ferry to the actual fort is out of service indefinitely due to the hurricane in 2017, there is still a lot to do and see during a visit. Make sure you take advantage of the rangers and their wealth of knowledge. Watch the video in the visitors center and read all the signage. There are beautiful oak trees to picnic under and climb, as well as a nature trail to walk. If the ferry was in operation, I would give it 5 stars, but it isn't like it is anyone's fault except maybe the lack of funds provided to the Department of the Interior for park preservation and maintenance. It would be unfair to give a lot rating to Fort Matanzas for something like that, in my opinion.
  • Great little journey back in time. Very efficiently run operation with two ferries that have you over the inlets waters in 10 minutes. The ferries that make the trip every hour. The small fortified outpost has been beautifully preserved and the tour was just right for my taste. You arrive and are given a brief history then allowed to crawl all over the structure and it can all be accomplished in under 2 hours! Great manageable excursion for families and best of all at least at the time I am reviewing it will cost you nothing out of pocket!
  • Ferry out due to Huricane Irma with no estimate of when it will be back. Very friendly staff who are knowledgable. Nice nature walk and exhibit but the main item being the island and fort is not reachable. Will be back when it is fixed up as it looks very interesting.
  • Great historical trip for the family. On a Saturday or a weekday day during the school year (due to field trips) get there early to secure ferry tickets to the fort (you can't drive there), which run every hour. Have a picnic or walk the nature trails while you wait for your ferry ride. The park rangers give a 5 minute history tour while on the ferry and a 15 minute history tour while at the fort. Then you have about 20-25 minutes to take photos, enjoy the view and checkout the fort. A little added bonus are the water life and birds. You might see a dolphin, manatee or even a bald eagle or two.

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