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“Lots of Options at the Beach” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

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
Ranked #18 of 69 Attractions in Key West
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 older children, Activities for young children
Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
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“Lots of Options at the Beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

The entry fee of $2.50 was unexpected, but it didn't dissuade us from visiting the beach. The food concessions and umbrella/lounge concessions were quite handy. Based on our observations, the sunsets would be great here. We walked from downtown Key West in the afternoon heat, so the trip would have been simpler by car. I wasn't impressed by the sandy beach because of all of the rocks, coral fragments, and pebbles. It was not a wide expanse of white sand like we were hoping for. However the trees that fringed the beach offered some respite from the sun if you so desired. Rest rooms were also available.

Coral formations just off of the beach offered some nice snorkeling based on comments we heard. So, the bottom line is this......depending on your beach interests, this state park has much to offer. Everyone we observed seemed to be having a good time on a nice sunny day.

Visited April 2013
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New Jersey
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“Beautiful beach, but make sure you have water shoes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

The beach is beautiful, among the best on the Keys, but very rocky. If you plan to go into the water, make sure you bring beach shoes. The beach is fairly long and there are nice pine trees you can sit under if you don't want to be out in the sun. I found the beach to be very relaxing. You can rent chairs for $10 or bring your own. Rest rooms are typical public beach restrooms. Wet floors, iffy on toilet paper. Food is available and there are nice picnic benches.

The fort is worth visiting for the entry fee. The view from the top is very nice, and there is a ranger who does a talk about the fort.

For the price, the beach and fort are a great deal.

Visited April 2013
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Savona, Italy
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“Deserves the visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Nice clean beach inside, you can rent chairs. Bar available as well. Enjoyed to walk here from our Hotel close to duval Street on a Sunny March

Visited March 2013
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Marine City, Michigan
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Best Sunset Ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is the place to be at sunset. There are spectacular photo opportunities here with the tall ships going by (sunset cruises) and the palms. Very beautiful. Also some interesting facts about President Taylor, the Civil War and the Fort--while you're waiting for the sunset!

Visited March 2013
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Victoria, Texas
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“A Nice Park and Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We checked out the Historical Fort and brushed up on the History of it. There is only a small fee to get in .The white, sandy Beach is great. There are BBQ Pits under the Cypress Trees . We had a little cook-out, went swimming in the turquoise water, and had an inexspensive, lovely day!

Visited July 2012
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