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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 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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Southington, Connecticut, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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Hixson, Tennessee, United States
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76 reviews 76 reviews
19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

They had showers and bathrooms and lots of picnic tables free for your use. Snorkeling was fun and we saw lots of fish. Nice little cafe also on site. Lots of free parking also.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The water is clear and the beach is very clean. You can purchase drinks and snacks, as well as rent snorkeling/beach equipment. Snorkeling was very fun and we saw a lot of neat fish. We tried fishing later in the week but due to all the rocks, we lost most of our hooks. Apart from fishing, it is a great... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Get a lot of history on the fort itself which is right next to the Coast Guard Station and where cruise ships dock. Can get some fantastic pictures from the top of the fort. A little further down the road is a beautiful beach you can catch some beautiful sunsets from here. There is a small admission but if you... More

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

great for picnics and day trips! lots to explore! can get quite busy so go early and get a good spot

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

It is really nice this beach, never saw one like that. There is some woods before you get to the sand, it is really cool. Crystal and really calm water, some rocks too. To get to this beach you gotta pay but it is worth

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed swimming here.The water is warm, clean and crystal clear. Also really calm as in no waves. Probably the best that I have been in so far. It is pretty shallow (less than 6 feet I would say) all the way out to the big rocks but the depth changes with any step you may take in an opposite... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Great beach for family fun. We enjoyed a day of family fun and snorkeling at the beach. We had a self guided tour of the fort and watched the sunset. What a great place for family fun!

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Concord, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

This was my favorite place that my husband and I went to the whole week we spent in the keys; it is absolutely beautiful! The beach is fantastic! The water is clear and warm and the snorkeling off the beach is the best! We saw sting rays, a lion fish, tons of colorful fish and we even saw two squid... More

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