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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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$45*
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Key West Schooner Sailing
83%
Ranked #20 of 71 Attractions in Key West
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Beaches, State Parks, Cultural
Activities: Fishing, Watching sunrise/sunset
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Owner description: Historic site of a Civil War-era fort, currently being excavated; also has a beautiful beach for swimming and snorkeling.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

How I wish there had been a park such as this when my children were young. Beach, trees, shade, picnic tables, BBQs, birds, plants identified. This is a peaceful slice of heaven.

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Glassboro, New Jersey
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We live in NJ and this reminded me of so many state parks in our state. The only thing was the rocky beach but we will be prepared with swim shoes the next time. They have a concession stand, restrooms, showers and all sort of beach rental paraphernalia. Will go back on our next Key West trip.

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New Hampshire, USA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
6 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Spent the afternoon here watching the boats sail by and soaking in the sunshine. We tried snorkeling but the visibility was horrible and the water kind of chilly so not much to report. One thing they could to do to make the park more enjoyable is lower the costs of chair rentals! More signage from downtown Key West to the... More

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Naples, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Having been to Key West many times as we live in Florida, can't believe we never went to this wonderful beach park. As we went to the Eco Discovery Center next door (read my review & GO there!!!) decided to take our picnic lunch over there & see it. Now it is on our list for every visit, just a... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

I stopped by the park on a pleasant day this week to see the sunset. Unfortunately, the clouds covered the sky so the sunset was hidden. However, the views were nice just the same. The park is family oriented and there is an area with picnic tables close to the water. The fort has a lot of history and the... More

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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

This is self guided, you pay a small fee to enter the park. It is clean, well maintained and there in a ton of things to do! The fort itself is currently being slowly remodeled, we were able to get a small history of the place from a man doing some of the restoration work there which was really cool!... More

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

KW isn't know for its beaches but this our favorite by default as it is the best of the worst. Don't get me wrong--location is picturesque and water is wonderfully clear. You can snorkel right off the beach and see fish near the rocks. Last visit was extra neat as I saw a spotted ray and dolphin pod which is... More

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Winchester, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We have been to key west many times but never checked out fort Zachary. We biked in and checked out the beach. Very clean and well maintained. There are numerous shady places with grills and tables as well as sunny beach areas. The water was quite clean and the beach areas were very clean. It was more quiet and clean... More

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Suwanee, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We went for a run around town and ended up down at the Fort. $2.50 per pedestrian. We toured the fort, pondering the ravages of war and the harsh life of a soldier behind those walls. Then we ran the trails which lead to the public beach (complete with a gift shop and a concession stand and lots of picnic... More

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Enfield, Connecticut
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18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Great place to go in ocean and also to see sunset. OK fort, not near as good as Fort Jefferson. Walking and biking trails, large area overall, can fish too. Near Eco Center and coast guard cutter, two other attractions.

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