Fort Clinch State Park
Historic Sites • State Parks • Military Bases & Facilities
Read more
Write a review
About
This state park preserves Florida's history.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

Top ways to experience Fort Clinch State Park and nearby attractions

Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
3,609 reviews
Excellent
2,493
Very good
955
Average
146
Poor
12
Terrible
3

Eric T
Jacksonville, FL13 contributions
Sep 2022
My family and I recently visited Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina. The visit was the first time since I was a young teen and the first ever for my wife and two young girls. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there, taking about 2.5 hours to walk around the grounds, check out many of the rooms and buildings on site and briefing through the museum. The museum is quite small and limited, but it does have some interesting artifacts on display. There were historically dressed actors on the property giving oral historical accounts and even some cannon shots fired. On our way out of the park we took the road down to the carpark and beach. This was the first time I had ever visited the beach portion and all my life I've heard about the fishing pier located there. However, it is no longer at the park, but the boardwalk and bath houses were very nice. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our time there and recommend for anyone to visit that would like to see a Northern fortification built in the deep south. The story behind it and the history is very neat, even for a Southerner like myself.
Written September 12, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Julieroadtrip
314 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We were blessed with a beautiful day and a cool breeze, which made our visit even sweeter. The fort is really interesting and fun to explore, with tunnels and towers and multiple layers. It is ingenious that the windows are all open to look into the interior rooms. I found my imagination taking me back to the daily life of the soldiers. There was a costumed interpreter available as well.
This would be a great place to take kids because it’s affordable and has wide open spaces for running as well as hidden niches.
We walked the Willow Pond Nature trail because of a suggestion by the ranger that it would be a good day to catch views of wildlife, but we didn’t see any animals. :-(
This is a great place to spend a day strolling around old Florida.
Written October 18, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Winedineandtravel
Miami Beach, FL47 contributions
Oct 2022
This place was fantastic. I loved the museum with so much history to learn about and the thorough illustration of what life was like when the fort was active. After the museum we walked up to the fort and walked around, checked out the weapons and artillery, the barracks looking unchanged from the 1800s, the many different rooms and areas of the fort (kitchens, outdoor cooking fire, "toilets," etc.) - so cool! I absolutely loved this place and recommend it for any history buff.
Written November 8, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

parlez
Beaufort, SC73 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Ride your bikes here and pack up for a day at the beach! Want to escape the crowds? We paid $2.00 each to bike the pretty 3 mile ride into the fort. There’s a building with a gift shop, drinks and snacks, and clean bathrooms. You can pay to take the museum and tour the fort OR for free just take your bikes out to the beach area. Not the greatest swimming area, but the view and peacefulness make up for it!
Written September 19, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Sandi M
Dahlonega, GA41 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
Parking pass is required (we paid online $6 and just showed the gate attendants. Fort admission is $2.50 per person.
So very much to do here for all ages. My 16yr olds were not bored for one second. The museum is only two rooms but packed with info. The fort was a great exploration venue.
Written March 24, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Linda
Phippsburg, ME11 contributions
Feb 2020
It’s was too cool for a beach day so I decided to visit this state park. There’s a variety of options of thing to do. You can make a day of it at one of the beaches, hike or bike the trails, or for an extra $2.50 tour the fort. I did the fort and one of the beaches. I love history so I found the fort really interesting. Also, the staff are in character as if it were the year 1864. This park is one of the top rated state parks in Florida and is worth a visit. For campers, there are about 60 sites...however if you want to camp there reservations need to be made well in advance.
Written February 8, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

ANCtoEYW
Wasilla, AK399 contributions
Dec 2021
This is one of the coolest state parks to go to in Florida. The grounds are well maintained and well preserved. When we went, it was one of the weekends that they had actors there that were in period costumes. Each one of the actors there knew their roles very well and knew the historical significance of the character that they were portraying. I would highly recommend taking a few hours to visit this park.
Written June 16, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Cassidy144
Charlotte, NC293 contributions
Jan 2021
We enjoyed our visit to Fort Clinch and Fort Clinch State Park. Unfortunately, we didn't have the best weather during our visit to Amelia Island, so we had to visit the park on a chilly, rainy day. If you can go on a nice day, it makes all the difference in the world. Aside from the gift shop and small museum (informative, definitely worth reading the exhibits before you visit the fort itself), there's not much shelter. There were some historical reenactors in character during our trip. They stayed indoors, huddled around an old fireplace to stay warm, but you could ask them questions and learn a bit more about life at the fort. Children will definitely enjoy the chance to play make believe, run around, climb up staircases and check out the view. I don't believe there are any elevators.

Once you tire of the fort, head next door to the beach and search for treasure. We found more interesting shells at the small beach by the campground down the road than we did at the main beach. You may also wish to bring bikes to explore the rest of the state park.
Written March 26, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

edge8400
Valrico, FL435 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Enjoyed a quick visit here. Decent amount of parking. Quickly toured the various camp sites available; tent, and RV slots. Beach was very nice and not crowded. Seems to have a nice set of walking trails. Books fast though so plan months in advance. It's immediate location to the main beach and historic city makes it popular. Facilities were fairly clean
Written August 23, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Passenger36364
Atlanta, GA51 contributions
Sep 2021
Visited weekday afternoon. $6 entrance fee per vehicle to get in park. If you want to visit the fort it’s another $2.50 per person so family of 4 can expect to pay $16
Didn’t see the extra fee posted anywhere until we got out at the fort.
Written September 19, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 3,576
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

Fort Clinch State Park (Fernandina Beach) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

Frequently Asked Questions about Fort Clinch State Park

We recommend booking Fort Clinch State Park tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 2 Fort Clinch State Park tours on Tripadvisor