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Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

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Address: Southard St on Truman Annex, Key West, FL 33041
Phone Number: 305-292-6713
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Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Activities: Fishing, Watching sunrise/sunset
Description: Historic site of a Civil War-era fort, currently being excavated; also has...
Historic site of a Civil War-era fort, currently being excavated; also has a beautiful beach for swimming and snorkeling.
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Very nice state park. Bring water shoes because the beach is rocky and very painful to feet. Very nice picnic area with lots of tables. Area has a concession area and rental... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Very nice state park. Bring water shoes because the beach is rocky and very painful to feet. Very nice picnic area with lots of tables. Area has a concession area and rental area. Lots of sea grass, but once you get out in the water, it is not too bad.

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This was interesting to walk through and see the construction. The view from the top is beautiful and a must see. We had the chance to talk to a volunteer who is working on maintaining the fort and e was full of information. After viewing the fort, walk across the parking lot and see the beach. We were told this... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

My sister and I were looking for something cheap to do in Key West on our last day there, so we selected the Fort because it was part museum, part beach. In actuality, there is a beach area, and the Fort part is entirely separate. I enjoyed the Fort immensely--the story behind its construction and strategic position was interesting, and... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We arrived about 4pm (the fort closes at 5pm.) It was just enough time to explore and see the nooks and crannies inside the fort. Interesting to walk through and read the history of the fort. Afterwards, we headed to the beach. It was very rocky so I highly recommend water shoes. There are rock formations in the water with... More 

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Gulf Breeze, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Perfect area to get away from it all. Great area for snorkeling, laying out getting some sun, or find a shady spot and take a nap! Definitely take water shoes like others have said. Take the tour of the fort, it doesn't take long. One of the quietest places on the island!

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Concord, NH
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Somewhat interesting but best enjoyed as a side trip after the beach. The Fort is pretty simple and basic, there are signs and it is historically valuable. My husband and I are both retired military and enjoy history. I'm glad we went but there isn't much there and we wouldn't go back to the fort.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This was described to us as the "best beach" on the island. Some things you should know: it's costs $ to get in and they only take cash at the gate. We were on foot, so we paid $2.50 each. Customary to Key West, this is a VERY ROCKY coastline. I would highly recommend wearing water socks, or water shoes,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Key West is not known for its splendid beaches like other parts of Florida but the beach in Fort Zachary Taylor is better by far than the others I've been to near Key West and it's basically right in town! The beach is fairly wide here and composed of sand so it's quite decent. The park is very large and... More 

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Sea turtle nest is blocked off for protection. Neat to observe. Wear water shoes into water rough on your feet. I was hoping this place would be my secret. Oh well. Great for pinics. Great little concession stand serves beer. Area to wash sand off. I saw the hugest lizard.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Decided to follow my trusty Lonely Planet travel guide and check this place out. We did not see the fort (kids too young) but LOVED the beach. One, it is rocky, you need water shoes. I repeat, you need water shoes. Two, buy a good set of goggles or snorkeling gear because there are lots of colorful fish and ocean... More 

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Address: Southard St on Truman Annex, Key West, FL 33041
Phone Number: 305-292-6713
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Key West
Open Hours:
Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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