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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 #21 of 85 attractions in Key West
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

They have chairs, umbrellas, good bathrooms, snacks and beer. You can rent snorkel equipment. It is a coral coast...take those swim shoes to save your feet. It is really beautiful here.

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70 reviews 70 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We walked here from our hotel, paid $2.50 pp for walking. Went to the beach first then checked out the Fort on the way out. The beach can be a bit rough on bare feet due to the coral, so wear water shoes. There were not too many people when we first got there, but as we left around lunchtime,... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The snorkeling is great early in the day when the water is calm. Easy access to the beach. Amenities are adequate if you want chairs, umbrella, rafts, etc. Great Value!

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New Jersey
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We went on a Monday for the second time with our two sons. All I can say is, the second year did not disappoint at all. Kids were able to snorkel and spot familiar fish, as well as take in iguanas in land. Ft Zachary is truly paradise! My only tip: purchase water shoes for the visit!

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Montville, Connecticut
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Great place to search for sea glass. Very quiet and beautiful. great shaded picnic area and paths. Easily accessible with a bike.

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Teddington, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Worth a walk out to it from the town.....try and walk from Mallory square, down past the little White House and then through the gorgeous font road which is lined with beautiful buildings with white Pickett fences.

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Kentucky
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

My family, of 7 people, loved our day at the beach here. We purchased an umbrella and chairs for $30...well worth the money! My cousin rented snorkel gear for $10 and enjoyed the snorkeling around the beach area immensely. The beach was clean- it's a little rocky/coral but nothing to grey about...once you are in the water it's super white,... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

First, understand that KW is not known for its beaches and in fact, all have sand brought in from upstate. That said, this is the prettiest beach on the island away from the Spring Break crowd at Smathers, the homeless population at Higgs, and the teeny tiny Siminton St "beach". Visiting Fort Zachary is like going to a little tropical... More

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North Canton, Ohio
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

If you want to go swimming, this is the place to go--quiet, clean, food for sale, chairs and umbrellas for rent. We walked around the fort and grounds. Stay around or plan your visit for the noon guided tour. Great views of the water from the fort and the beaches.

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Dallas, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We had a wonderful time at this park and beach. We rode our bikes in. I wouldn't recommend walking unless you are staying very close. It's a long way into the park from the main road. Once you are there, you are mesmerized with the wonderful scenery and beautiful water. While the beach is a bit rocky (shoes are recommended),... More

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