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“An Outpost of the Spanish Empire”

Fort Matanzas National Monument
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St. Augustine, Fort Matanzas and Downtown Helicopter Tour
Ranked #17 of 190 things to do in St. Augustine
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Owner description: This fort is on Rattlesnake Island and can be reached via ferry.
Reviewed June 21, 2013

Fort Matanzas National Monument has guarded the back door to St. Augustine since 1742. It sits 14 miles south of Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St. Augustine. Matanzas is Spanish for slaughters, which is what happened here in 1565 as the Spanish guarded their treasure route from the French at Ft. Caroline. The fort is reached from the Visitor Center on Hwy. A1A at Anastasia Island. There's a short film available and a free passenger ferry that takes you across the Matanzas River to the fort.

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Fort Mantanzas (Spanish for 'massacre') is about 20 minutes south of downtown St. Augustine but it well worth the drive. First, it is a National Park Service site, so it is well maintained and staffed by a professional and enthusiastic ranger (despite one of the previous reviews, the workers are definitely INTO the history). Second, it is FREE! A nice boat side across the Mantanzas inlet, admission into the fort (really an old Spanish watch tower), an easy hour with friends and/or family, and a spectacular view at the fort top for no cost? You won't find many bargains like this in St. Augustine! Finally, if you plan well you can visit during living history demonstrations, when volunteers dress as 18th century Spanish soldiers and tell you about the site in full character!!!!

Again, can't say enough about this wonderful site, as it has something for everyone.

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Reviewed June 15, 2013

drive down A1A to this gem! Run by parks service and ferry takes you to fort on Rattlesnake Island. Running every 1/2 hr startign at 9:30a...not on 3/4 hr. like it said on website. Really neat to hear the history and climb up onto the roof if you dare!

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Reviewed June 11, 2013

This is a great morning or afternoon adventure. A boat takes you over to the historic matanzas inlet fort and visitors are able to get out and walk around. There is one area where you have to climb a ladder to get to the top, so one should be pretty agile. The views are amazing as the inlet is just beyond the spot where the ocean meets the intercoastal waterway and it is one of the prettiest stretches of St. Augustine/Crescent beach. And if you are not interested in the fort there are great places to walk on the beach and collect shells.

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Reviewed June 10, 2013

Love the historic value of the fort. Nice short boatride to the fort. A short ride outside of St. Augustine.

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