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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 #23 of 84 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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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Loved the snorkeling! Saw more fish here than on our boat trip. Very family friendly and a nice escape from the crowded touristy areas of Key West.

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

We came here to visit during vacation and to earn some homeschooling credit. It was fun walking around and seeing the beautiful views of the ocean.

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Fort Worth
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Perfect spot for a hot day, rented chairs & snorkle equipment from friendly beach staff. Only downside were the rocks, impossible to navigate the shoreline and wade in the water without beach shoes - ouch!

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Amarillo, Texas, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Snorkel for $10. Snorkeling was amazing out by the rocks lots of fish all sizes to see. Chair and umbrella rental 20$ for the day. Food at the concessions was very reasonable priced. Although bring your own.....its allowed!

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Kansas City, Missouri
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Glad I read the reviews. You need water shoes. The beach has a sandy slip to place towels, but once you head toward the beach (and about five - ten feet into the water) it's rocky. We walked (me, my 8y/o) and did fine. Our condo was about 2-3 blocks from beach. Cost $5 to get into the park. FYI:... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Married here on the beach, came back the following 2 days just to relax and enjoy the water. Yes, the beaches in the keys are rocky, yes, you should bring watershoes; yes, you have to pay a small fee to get in (it's a maintained park with employees); yes- it has bathrooms, lockers, showers, giftshop, and a concession stand that... More

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Newark, Delaware
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The fee to go into the park isn't high and is good for the whole day, even if you leave and come back. We thought the Fort sounded very interesting but were so focused of cooling off in the water, we went straight to the beach. There was a nice breeze, so welcome to find during such a hot day,... More

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Bear, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Spent the day at the beach in Key West. While there was sand on the beach, the waters edge was large chunks of coral. Unlike most beaches in the Keys, the water got deep closer in to shore providing great swimming. Excellent concession stand, clean facilities and nice out door showers. Over all a very good day at the beach.

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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67 reviews 67 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We walked early in the day only to find out the beach is VERY rocky. We did not have water shoes so we were in the water for a very short time. We sat under the shade and enjoyed the wonderful breeze. Then we walked over to the fort. We did not wait for the noon tour with a ranger... More

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Charlestown, Rhode Island
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6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We went on the advice of others and had a very good experience snorkeling. The beach is coral so it isn't great to sunbathe but the water is clear and there are plenty of fish. Nice clean grounds too.

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