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Fort Matanzas National Monument

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8635 A1a S, St. Augustine, FL 32080-8411
+1 904-471-0116
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This fort is on Rattlesnake Island and can be reached via ferry.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“boat ride” (179 reviews)
“nature trail” (85 reviews)
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8635 A1a S, St. Augustine, FL 32080-8411
+1 904-471-0116
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was on our National Park list. It was about 10 minutes from our campground on A1A. There is a super small gift shop. We picked up a patch. There is also a movie about the fort and the area. Learned I was pronouncing the...More

Thank phislamajama
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

8 months ago a hurricane took out the boat dock, so no visits to the fort. We have done this twice in the past and it has been one of our favorite stops in St. Augustine; we were so disappointed to not be able to...More

1  Thank Rachel G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great views from the top ... boats galore. careful on the bridge. very interesting peeking into the past. the builders musta had their hands full building this fort, it's HUGE!

Thank FlLovers2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Out in the middle of nowhere ,it seems, this fort is worth the visit.. Though it is a small fort in comparison to others, it details the living conditions of the past. Climb to the roof and imagine the past as the guides tells the...More

1  Thank sidget
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just outside of St Augustine main town and along the Matanzas river is Fort Matanzas. The fort is a national park monument which takes a short boat ride to reach. This tourist location is off the beaten track which is good because it's not crowded...More

Thank Jeffrey D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm very disappointed the National Park Service has not repaired the boat dock necessary to visit the Fort, damaged 8 months ago in the hurricane. They were very vague at when it will reopen. When I see the tremendous work being done nearby by the...More

2  Thank HappyCamper32789
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved learning of it's history and seeing everything up close! Exploring the inside of the Fort. The view from atop is spectacular! I would highly recommend a visit this historical site! One of the two oldest forts in the U.S.

Thank sinlou0911
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have to say this is a beautiful place !! I absolutely loved the trees at the visitors center!! The fort itself was neat to see. But, I have to say this was the rudest, most non informative group of guides I have ever encountered !!!...More

1  Thank Tania S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Quick little trip to see the fort! Would rate it 4 stars once the ferry dock is open. It's completely free with a nice nature trail and guns out back. You can see the fort easily from the dock. Worth stopping for even without the...More

Thank slobrien
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This could have been a great adventure but the ferry from the mainland to the fort is out of service, so the only views are across the river from a distance. Visitors center and video are good.

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Janet W
Is there a charge for the boat ride? Does the National Park Card work?
January 1, 2017|
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Response from LynCherie | Reviewed this property |
No charge for boat ride
This may be a dumb question, but are pets allowed? I have an ESA (canine) that is under 15 lbs, is quiet, and can be in a bag/carrier the entire time.
September 5, 2016|
Response from raj0302 | Reviewed this property |
From the park's website (Plan Your Visit tab on the left...Basic Information pull down menu...Pets pull down menu) yes, they are. However, you will be required to climb a stair case to access the first and second levels and... More