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“Not a highlight” 3 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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Owner description: Historic site of a Civil War-era fort, currently being excavated; also has a beautiful beach for swimming and snorkeling.
Cincinnati, Ohio
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Not a highlight”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

The beach here was ok. It was too murky to enjoy swimming or snorkeling and the Fort was in the midst of a Civil War re-enactment, so that was cool. We did not take the tour (time constraints) which would have helped the experience.

Visited February 2013
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Rochester, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“great place to spend a day and get some sun!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We walked into the park, entrance cost us $2.50 apiece. We took a very pleasant walk down one of the trails then walked the beach. One major warning - lots and lots of rocks on the beach. You do NOT want to walk barefoot on this beach! The water was great.

We rented snorkeling gear from the kiosk ($13 per person for mask, snorkel and fins). There are 3 rock groups that you can snorkel around. The water goes to about 6-8 feet deep once you get past the first 20 feet or so. In spite of a really windy day we saw lots of cool fish and got some good pictures. Looking forward to a repeat visit.

Another warning - you can rent chairs and umbrellas...very expensive and they can't be moved around. I would avoid this.

Highly recommend a visit to this picturesque park.

Visited January 2013
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Central Illinois
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Spend the day here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We enjoyed exploring the old fort, and the beach here.
The beach has a rather extensive concession stand and picnic tables under the trees......Perfect way to spend the day.

Visited January 2013
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Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Beautiful views, but take a bike and shoes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Key West doesn't have sandy beaches. There are lots of rocks in and out of the water so bring water shoes. Very pretty, clear water, and we had some beautiful ships sail by. Nice mangrove/pine walking trails and picnic areas. They have a snack bar, chairs for rent (cash only) and restrooms. It's too far to walk, so bring a bike or drive.

Visited February 2013
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Lawrenceburg, Indiana
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“Nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

The beach was nice! Chair / umbrella available for rent. Nice restaurant with sun deck as well. Great place for climbing rocks that extend out from the shore!

Visited February 2013
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