Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
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Historic Sites • State Parks • Beaches
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This historic fort has the largest collection of Civil War armaments in the world. Bonus: It's located along a beach that's popular for sunset views.
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Honey1721
Goreville, IL227 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
This old fort has some very interesting history. You can do a self guided tour or a tour with a ranger as a guide. We normally steer clear of guided tours because we like to move at our own pace but I highly recommend the guided tour on this. Yes, there is a brochure and informational signs for you on the self guided tour. I read the brochure and the signs which had some very good information but Ranger Grim had much, much more very interesting background stories. We were very fortunate because part way through our 90 minute guided tour we met Ranger Alton who was dressed in a civil war uniform and had several artifacts from that Era on display. He provided a lot of fascinating info on them. After the tour we were free to go exploring on our own. We were able to climb to the top of the fort and see some beautiful views.

There are more things to do inside the park besides the awesome fort tour.

There are short, easy hiking/biking trails.

There is a beach where you can snorkel and swim. There are some man-made rock reefs that attract a lot of different fish. Unlike coral reefs, if you want to take a break and rest for a few minutes you can get out of the water and sit or stand on the rocks.

It's not a sandy beach. It's made up of rock and coral so you need water shoes. There is one thing that this beach doesn't have that almost all other Keys beaches have, and that's seagrass. It's great!!

You can rent beach chairs, umbrellas, and snorkel gear or bring your own. Grab something to eat or drink at the beach Cafe, pack a picnic lunch, or throw something on one of their grills.

You can come and go in and out of the park all day. I don't know that I'd do that because when we were leaving someone just getting there said that they were in line for 45 minutes getting into the park. We went early (10am) and only had a 10 or 15 minute line of cars in front of us.
Written April 17, 2022
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Trip597356
West Chester, OH182 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
We came with our family (7 and 12 year olds) to relax, have dinner, and enjoy the sunset. Check, check, and check! Got there around 5:00… paid our $8 to get a n…the cafe kitchen had closed at 5, but they still served hot dogs and pizza until 6:00, so we loaded up and found a picnic bench in the shade. Yes, it was expensive, but hey, they have a captive audience. I’d recommend bringing a picnic dinner with you. Also, bring a garbage bag because you need to pack out your own trash. Ok, the beach is a little rocky but not bad… there is soft sand in the ocean. The kids had an awesome time playing in the water and climbing on the rocks. The sunset was magnificent and watching all of the sailboats go by was really beautiful… the party boats not so much. The park rangers shoo you out right after sunset. It is really a special spot for sure… if you have kids that love the beach, it’s a must do. Beach, food, clean bathrooms, shade, beautiful sunset. Oh and if you have a camping hammock, you should bring it because the trees are perfect for setting them up between them.
Written March 13, 2022
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307leven
Stroudsburg, PA281 contributions
Dec 2022
We visited the 2nd week of December and the cost was only $5 for both of us. But, we walked there so I'm not sure if they charge extra for parking. While there, we obtained a brochure that informed the fort was the longest serving US Coastal fort serving from 1861 to 1947 and has the largest amount of Civil War armaments in the world. The fort contains almost a dozen signs or interpretive panels describing the fort's history and experiences. There are some steep steps as you walk up or down from the fort's walls, so be careful if there are young children with you. There are also places of uneven walkways so be careful and watch your footing.

We explored the forts exhibits and admired the scenic view of the beach and ocean in front. Also, there were plenty of cannons, cannonballs/artillery rounds and many other artifacts depicting fort life to view. Overall, we spent just over an hour there as it was a smaller fort and there was a section that was cordoned off due to repairs.
Written December 20, 2022
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chak1014
Kolkata (Calcutta), India353 contributions
Jan 2022
The turquoise water of the ocean , the white sands and the rocks create a spectacular view and provide a perfect background for amazing pictures. There are a lot of picnic tables available in the shady area of the beach that people can use to have a picnic if they are planning to spend the whole day in the beach. We had to pay $5 for two people to get in thru the gates that provide access to the beach as well as to the Fort.
After spending some time on the beach, we visited the Fort too. Since we were short on time, we were able to stay there only for 30 minutes and look thru the exhibits. It would have been nice if we could do the guided tour.
Written February 2, 2022
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Bill C
Lexington, Massachusetts, United States25 contributions
Apr 2022
We arrived by 10AM on a weekday and it was quite empty. By the time we left at 2PM every umbrella, chair and mask set was rented out and the place was packed. The snorkeling was excellent - some of the best from shore in Key West. Food stand had a long wait but good cuban sandwiches. There are grills and picnic tables for families that DIY. Perfect day at the beach.
Written April 19, 2022
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Anne F
Cleveland, OH126 contributions
Mar 2022
Visited several times by foot and by bike. Definitely recommend biking if you can! Umbrellas rent out quickly, they and the chairs start renting at 10 am. There are many sections of beach from which to choose, the populated area with rentals and restaurant, bathrooms - and less populated where the water was so clear. Very rocky in the main area, water shoes are recommended. Snorkeling was actually pretty good by the large rock formations with several schools of fish swimming by. My friend saw a barracuda! You can rent snorkel equipment there. It can be a little hard to find the park the first time, don't hesitate asking for directions. And I recommend not cutting through areas that aren't streets on the map unless you know where you are going. It's nice to choose the street that goes through the middle of the Truman Annex row houses. Very pretty.
Written April 2, 2022
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Bob Q
Brooklyn, NY105 contributions
May 2021
The beach and park are beautiful but BEWARE: You need water shoes. There are rocks and coral debris on the beach which are very, very painful on bare feet. Trust me on this, bring a pair of shoes. Otherwise, this is a great place to spend a day, If you want to rent an umbrella and two lounges, expect to pay $36.00. I steep price but.... There is a cafe offering sandwiches and cold drinks including beer and frozen umbrella drinks. The Cafe pricing is reasonable and the food is good. There are restrooms and showers available. An nominal entrance fee is charged at the gate. Enjoy!
Written May 9, 2021
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ATLsoccerdad
Atlanta, GA37 contributions
Nov 2020
Wonderful beach (yes, rocky, so take appropriate sandals/water shoes) with chairs/umbrellas for daily rental. We had intended to check it our for one day and then go elsewhere to see new sights; we didn't We enjoyed the views and area so much we visited for 3 days. They also have a restaurant offering a wide variety of lunch choices. If you pay the $5 daily fee for the park, you can return later for sunset as well.
Written December 7, 2020
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Matt & Heather
Edgewood, TX70 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Everyone told us this was the best beach in Key West! Imagine our disappointment when we discovered there was no sandy beach, just crushed rocks between us and the beautiful water. The water was clear, great for snorkeling and there is a nice reef there. We rented chairs and an umbrella for $40 on site and they accept Apple Pay. Despite not being the white sandy beach we expected, we did enjoy this beach. It was not crowded and was pretty quiet.
Written November 9, 2022
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Jennifer E
Detroit, MI46 contributions
Mar 2021
We didn't visit the actual fort, but we picnicked at a shady table and spent an afternoon swimming and snorkeling at the beach. It is rocky and gets deep fairly quickly. Bring water shoes and a PFD for children and unsure swimmers. We snorkeled along the rocks to the far right and then swam to the middle pile of rocks. It isn't a coral reef, so don't expect huge amounts of colorful fish. There were lots of small fish, a few urchins, and even a stingray or two. Our favorite sighting was a giant sea hare. Boats do go past quickly, so there may be larger waves if you go outside of the inlet. Overall we loved it and will go back again.

On a side note, it is $7 for a car with 2 people and $.50 for each additional person. Bring exact change, because they didn't have change for a 20 or a card reader that day.
Written April 1, 2021
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