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Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Southard St on Truman Annex, Key West, FL 33041
305-292-6713
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Ranked #22 of 83 Attractions in Key West
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Beaches, Historic Sites, State Parks
Activities: Fishing, Watching sunrise/sunset
Traveler Description: Fort Zachary Taylor Beach is the best beach in Key West. (If you are looking for prestine, white sand, you don't want Key West...)  The beach is... more »
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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

It's not there fault, but man was the beach rocky because of the coral and broken shells. The grounds are well maintained, there is a snack shack there and we had a strawberry fruit popsicle that was good. There are also showers to clean off and decent bathrooms. The fort was nice to walk around. Overall ok experience, how often... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

The staff at this park think they are police men they herd you out as soon as the sun sets and. Are so rude about it I would like to take a complaint further about a new lady park ranger

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

As a whole package, Fort Zachary Taylor State Park is a really cool place to visit. How many beaches have a civil war era fort to go with it? The only other one I can think of is about 70 miles west of this one. The amenities here are excellent, particularly compared to a lot of the other Florida State... More

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Just happened upon Fort Zachary on a bike ride. Thankfully had on our bathing suits. Quickly rented snorkel equipment and had a great day. Snack bar, bathrooms and shower. Wished I was more prepared to spend more time. Great fun!!

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Irwinton, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Enjoyed the tour of the fort, didn't go to the beach. Not crowded. If you go in August be prepared and take water.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Been going to Key West and never checked out this beach till this trip in August. Only a few blocks from Duval and you enter this state park. $7 for two people in a car and $2.50 per person if walking or riding in. Really friendly and helpful ranger at the front gate. Beach is a 2 minute drive in... More

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Stamford, CT
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

If you prefer the sun than the water then this beach is satisfying, the beach with the rocky corral was way to uncomfortable for any bare feet. Honestly if you have to walk with your shoes around the beach you're not really enjoying yourself.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Climb the steps at the fort and take pictures, amazing view. Then check out the beach. It's a rocky beach so bring water shoes. Gorgeous and not crowded.

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Southington, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Loved all the facts of the fort and history of Key West during the Civil War - so interesting. Florida was confederate - but the Fort stayed federal through out the war.

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MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I snorkeled here off the beach every single day but one when I went out to the reef. The snorkeling by the rocks is amazing for being so close to the beach. I saw so many fish including large parrot fish, blue tang, barracuda, a huge sting ray, sergeant major, damselfish, snapper, more than I can name! I found some... More

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