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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 82 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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Fleming Island, Florida
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134 reviews 134 reviews
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Not much sand, full of rocks both on the beach and in the water. Not much of a beach to take a walk on. Couldn't put up our beach umbrella we brought with us due to too many rocks and couldn't dig deep enough for it to hold. Not at all as picturesque as i would have expectedThere are plenty... More

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Port Orange, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Entry to the park was reasonable for a carload....8 bucks or so. The fort was a lot of fun to explore. The 8 of us just walked around, took pictures, and relaxed. Part of the thrill were the dozen or so iguanas that freely roamed inside and outside the park. A couple were close to four feet long. Guided tours... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Great beach! Loved the adventure! Small price worth the spot! Beach is rocky but you can't beat the views or the clear water!! We swam out to the rocks and saw more tropical fish than when we went snorkeling! Swam in our flip flops because rocky bottom but so worth it! Bring water shoes if you have them but if... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

All of the locals said that this was best beach in Key West. It was a beach, but beware of the rocks. At least 4 feet before the waterline and 4 feet into the surf was all rocks and very little sand. Bring water shoes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Chairs with umbrella available for whole day... I paid $20 for the combo, while my wife spent the day snorkels on the two outcrops of rocks just off the shore. Food and beer available on deck.

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Illinois
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Beware you need water shoes its very rocky here. The cost to get in is$3.50 per person. Bring your chairs and umbrella and just veg out.

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Gulf Breeze, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Great views, really nice beach area...just wear some water shoes since there are a lot of broken shell and coral to cut up those tender feet ! We hung out at the beach until the Fort tour started and had a blast. The price to get in the park lets you do all you want to do and you can... More

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This is certainly a hidden gem within Key West. Arriving at the national park entrance, it was only $7 to get in (they do it based on how many people are in the car), and this gave us admission to look around the Fort as it was inside the park. The fort had been built in the early 1800’s and... More

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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Most people tend to go to the beach or to picnic but we actually went to see the fort. There is a free guided tour which lasts about 45 mins and we had a ranger called Kevin give the most interesting and enthusiastic talk I've ever heard. He answered every question and was extremely friendly. The beach looked ok but... More

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Middletown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Tried to snorkel but water not quite clear enough. Very nice park. Has outdoor shower to clean off and public restrooms. Only problem we had was getting in and out of surf. Rough on the feet.

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