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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 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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Loved this beach!

We very much enjoyed Fort Zach State Park Beach! It is one of the best beaches in the keys. Beautiful scenery, warm water, good wave action (unlike other beaches in the keys). Our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Newport, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We very much enjoyed Fort Zach State Park Beach! It is one of the best beaches in the keys. Beautiful scenery, warm water, good wave action (unlike other beaches in the keys). Our teenagers snorkeled out to the outcropping of rocks and enjoyed that. The canopy of Australian pines was beautiful in its own right and provided cool shade. Bring... More 

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Gurnee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

This was such a beautiful park. Very inexpensive park fees. Beach is beautiful, a little rocky so bring some water shoes and you won't have a problem. By far the prettiest beach I saw on Key West. Having picnic tables in the shade was nice too. Great place to watch the Sunset. If you pay admission during the day keep... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Best deal in Key West. 6 of us was only 10 bucks. Beach is rocky with old coral shells. Be careful getting to water. Great swimming and warm water. There is also a nice concession stand and nice bathrooms and if you are an RV person there is places for them. Plenty of regular parking too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This is one of the best public beaches I have seen. The huge shade trees provide an oasis of cool to enjoy the beautiful water without getting burned to a crisp.

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Hamptons, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Visited the park during our last vacation and found it to be the best beach in Key West. (which isn't saying much) We had a really good time at the beach enjoying all the sun. This park has a clean bathroom and a snack bar with a gift shop. The only draw back is it's in the worst location with... More 

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Minneapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Glad we took the time to make this trip. The beach is good and felt very safe. Fun to watch families enjoy the water and snorkeling. It would have been nice if the boat supplied umbrellas for the beach as there is no shade. The sun can get a bit overwhelming. Toured the fort and found the history and function... More 

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Nokomis, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Try to time your visit to take advantage of a guided tour of the fort. It seems like a few things are missing that were there ten years ago, like the metal sculptures of the pirates at the entry and on the upper deck, but it's still a worthwhile tour. When finished, pony up the $5/car entrance fee and drive... More 

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Little Falls, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I liked Fort Zach for several different reasons, but I have to say my very favorite was the beautifully quiet and unobstructed view of the sunset. It is the polar opposite of seeing the sun set in Mallory Square. You must do both, but if you have extra time - make sure not to miss this. The beach here is... More 

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Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The beach area, though not groomed, is one of the largest in Key West. Lots of shaded areas and grills for family picnics. Water pretty calm, and easy to walk in from the beach. We biked into the park, and racks were plentiful. Fort Zachary Taylor is also an interesting look-through. Won't take more than about a half an hour,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We enjoyed a day at this beautiful beach! They had a chair rental service as well as a snack bar. I was glad to have true water sandals as the beach is so much more rocky than the Florida panhandle I am use to. We also enjoyed a short tour of the fort!

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