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Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

601 Howard England Way, Key West, FL 33040-8395
+1 305-292-6713
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Historic site of a Civil War-era fort, currently being excavated; also has a beautiful beach for swimming and snorkeling.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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601 Howard England Way, Key West, FL 33040-8395
+1 305-292-6713
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Reviewed 18 December 2015

Wonderful glimpse into our past. Nicely restored and maintained. Beautiful views of the ocean. Easy to get to after entering park entrance for a. Minimum fee

Thank Thomas G
Reviewed 17 December 2015

Our afternoon trip to the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor was great. This is not a clean pristine white sand beach and you should knowing that going in. As others have noted, the shoreline is a little rough on the feet and I would recommend...More

Thank 1975Paula
Reviewed 16 December 2015

Went there to see sunset and see daughter revisit wedding site Paid to drive in and were told to leave 30 mins letter right at sunset . Would of been nice to spend more time so check out schedule. Good place to spend some time...More

Thank kemomom
Reviewed 15 December 2015

I happened to stumble across this place when leaving the beach with my friend. It has some great photo opportunities to get your photo taken . There is information when you first inter the place and you are able to roam the place and see...More

Thank Not2goofy
Reviewed 15 December 2015

I loved this place because of the beauty of the natural, unmarred landscape with its trees and views of the sand and water and boats going by... very relaxed and inviting. Great place to picnic or swim or fish from the shore (though not much...More

Thank GomomgoTennessee
Reviewed 15 December 2015

Great experience for history buffs and photographers. Covers period dating back to the Civil War and on during the WW's

Thank rjd625
Reviewed 15 December 2015

Fascinating look back into the long history on KW. Great tour guide! Folks were working on restoring some area's of the fort during our visit adding a deeper look into construction of the fort.

Thank James K
Reviewed 15 December 2015

We stopped by the fort for sunset, it was spectacular. Plenty of room so you can be alone. there are benches to sit on we sat on the rocks.

Thank John C
Reviewed 15 December 2015

We visited and the beach is very rough. You need swim shoes to walk in the sand. The view is beautiful of course. If you are into historical landmarks then the fort is really spectacular. The shore is rocky until you get out past your...More

Thank Albany_NYFunNSun
Reviewed 15 December 2015

There are great sunset views, and the snorkeling is actually quite good around the rocks, I saw many barracuda, parrot fish, damsels, and a few very large hog fish. This is my favorite beach, and it is a popular wedding spot.

Thank CJRuch
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Can you park at Fort Zachary?
28 March 2017|
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Response from PaTravelfan | Reviewed this property |
Yes, plenty of parking, but be aware there is an entrance fee, although fee is good for all day.
Sha S
Did you walk to the fort from the cruise port? We are going in May and I was wondering what is the best way to get to the fort/beach from the cruise port. I will have my son and elderly mom with me. Neither will be able to walk it if it's too far. Thanks in advance.
17 February 2017|
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Response from Cal30Prez | Reviewed this property |
We are here for a month so did not walk from the cruise dock. It is walkable from there but I might suggest in your situation to consider riding on the Trolley tour which does make a stop at the gate of the State Park. In... More
I have been to this fantastic park many times and especially enjoy sitting under the pines. One of the reviewers above said that they said to bring a " paddle board and snorkel the clear grass flats" Where are the clear grass flats at Zach Taylor. I've walked the beach and have yet to see that. Any answers?
17 December 2016|
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Response from Yanjon | Reviewed this property |
The reason is Seagrass beds at Fort Zachary Taylor HSP are found beyond the breakwaters in deeper water 200-400 feet from shore. This community is composed of a mixture of turtle grass (Thalassia testudinum), manatee grass... More