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“Wedding and relaxing” 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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$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 young children, Activities for older children
Fort Myers, Florida
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Wedding and relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Married here on the beach, came back the following 2 days just to relax and enjoy the water. Yes, the beaches in the keys are rocky, yes, you should bring watershoes; yes, you have to pay a small fee to get in (it's a maintained park with employees); yes- it has bathrooms, lockers, showers, giftshop, and a concession stand that has a huge variety of drinks and food (including alcohol). We rented chairs, umbrella and blue raft each day. You can swim to the rocks and see tons of fish, coral and general sea life. There are picnic areas, grilling facilities and benches all around. Australian pines provide shade and sing in the wind. So, if you are looking for a sugar sand beach, go to Smathers Beach- if you want a quiet, less crowded beach with amenities and can deal with some small coral rocks to navigate to get into the water, this is awesome. Also your paid fee ($7) gets you into the Fort and you can leave and return during the day. We left at 6pm, returned at 8:15 to watch the sunset. Much better than the crowds and whistles at Mallory Square. HIGHLY recommended by Floridian.

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Newark, Delaware
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“Water Feels Great, Nice Sand and Water Shoes are Invaluable!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The fee to go into the park isn't high and is good for the whole day, even if you leave and come back. We thought the Fort sounded very interesting but were so focused of cooling off in the water, we went straight to the beach. There was a nice breeze, so welcome to find during such a hot day, and the water was nice and warm. There was a band of seaweed along the beach and a bit floating in the water, but it didn't have the horrible smell a lot of the beaches do when the seaweed isn't cleaned up periodically. Florida does a good job at keeping this beach clean! There is some sand - the beach isn't just pebbles, rocks, and coral - but you can't take a step in or out of the water barefoot without wanting water shoes. The water gets deep quickly, though there isn't a drop off to deep water.. I hadn't anticipated the way so many rocks underfoot would affect the footing when standing in the water. The waves cause a lot more shifting than I've encountered when the beach is mainly sand. We'd planned to snorkel but the water was a little too rough and cloudy for us. We didn't catch glimpses of any fish.while we were there. There's a nice tree covered area you can walk through to get to the beach, with broad paths and picnic tables scattered throughout. The day became so much hotter, we didn't make it to the Fort.

Visited July 2014
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Bear, Delaware
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“Relaxing day in Key West”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Spent the day at the beach in Key West. While there was sand on the beach, the waters edge was large chunks of coral. Unlike most beaches in the Keys, the water got deep closer in to shore providing great swimming. Excellent concession stand, clean facilities and nice out door showers. Over all a very good day at the beach.

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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“Beach and Fort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We walked early in the day only to find out the beach is VERY rocky. We did not have water shoes so we were in the water for a very short time. We sat under the shade and enjoyed the wonderful breeze. Then we walked over to the fort. We did not wait for the noon tour with a ranger and walked around on our own. It was extremely hot but very cool to see. There is not much other than cannons but the structure and location are worth a trip. Cost is for the grounds so get some water shoes, bring a cooler, and spend the day. The beach was nice and not very crowded.

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Charlestown, Rhode Island
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“Very nice spot to snorkel and relax.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We went on the advice of others and had a very good experience snorkeling. The beach is coral so it isn't great to sunbathe but the water is clear and there are plenty of fish. Nice clean grounds too.

Visited July 2014
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