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“Ft. Zachary Taylor: A gem off the beaten path” 5 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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Ranked #23 of 82 Attractions in Key West
Type: Beaches, Historic Sites, State Parks
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
Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Ft. Zachary Taylor: A gem off the beaten path”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

What a joy it was to stumble upon this little rocky beach; a world away from awkward Duval St. We rented a couple of bikes and made our way to the entrance of the fort and followed the path to the beach. Along the way we saw MANY multi-colored, lively mature Iguanas and babies running around. The fort itself is a rather sinister dark hulk of a thing rising ominously out of the water, but definitely worth seeing and thinking about. Once we got to the little palm tree populated cove& picnic ground, it was a welcome relief from town. Not fancy - felt like a locals secret get-a-way. Unfortunately we didn't go in the water because we couldn't take a purse/ wallet with us in the water, but we could tell there were fish out there as snorkelers were spending plenty of time around the outlying rocks.

There is a little hut where you can rent what you need like, booties ( essential for the rocky coast ) snorkels, fins, masks, lounges, umbrellas to make for a great day. Suggestion: Just take some cash with you ( about $40 each for snorkel set + extra for lounges etc) and leave your purse, wallet, credit cards etc in the hotel. And bring a water-proof wallet for what you don't spend, rent some bikes, peddle over, take your time on the way around the fort visiting the iguanas, then just chill out on the beach, go snorkeling & have lunch. This should probably be #1 in Key West if you want to just relax. We stayed at the Hyatt and their beach was just silly. A 5x5 rock garden. Nothing compared to this sweet natural get-a-way. HIghly recommended.

Visited May 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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“Lovely spot for a snack and beach visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

great beach, nice waters to swim in, a bit rocky for kids. A lovely cafe up from the beach for ice cream and beverages.

Visited June 2013
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Rockledge, Florida
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“Interesting fort, great beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

This is an awesome beach. Load up and pay per vehicle. It's worth it. You can rent snorkel equipment. The water is great; it's clear and shallow. The beach is rocky and full of pebbles and shells, but still very comfortable. We loved it. There are free tours of the fort at noon. There's a great view from the fort.

Visited June 2013
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Arlington, Texas
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7 attraction reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Nice spot for families”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Good beach for families to spend the day at. Has a nice food shack and changing area to clean up/use the restroom. Beach was also clean. My only suggestion would be to wear water shoes. There are lots of rocks entering the water.

Visited June 2013
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“Great spot in Key West”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We liked this beach so much that we came back twice in one day. First time snorkeling and had a blast. Watched boats, packed a picnic lunch, and enjoyed the sand. Only bad part: our lack of adequate sunscreen led to a painful burn the following days! Wear lots of 50+!

Visited June 2013
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