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Fort Matanzas National Monument
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St. Augustine, Fort Matanzas and Downtown Helicopter Tour
Ranked #16 of 188 things to do in St. Augustine
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Owner description: This fort is on Rattlesnake Island and can be reached via ferry.
Cloudland, GA
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“great and free!”
Reviewed July 9, 2006

A small fort, great history lesson, the park has walking trails and picnic areas. A ferry takes you to the fort. It's all free!

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Richmond, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“O.K. but not outstanding”
Reviewed December 27, 2005

While this is worth the drive to see it, it is not impressive as other places such as the Castillo in St. Augustine or Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. I think walking/hiking around to view wildlife and nature is probably more impressive at this place.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“History you can get into”
Reviewed July 3, 2005

About 15 miles south of the city, but worth the trip for the hands-on experience. The fort, built of the local coquina stone, was built in 1740, but the history of its location goes back another 200 years. The only hint I'll give you is that Matanzas is Spanish for "massacre." View the video in the Visitor's Center for the explanation, or hear it from a guide dressed in 1740's Spanish military uniform.

The fort is on an island and can be reached only by taking the free ferry provided by the park. By the way, the entire park is free. The ride across the Intracoastal can be an occasion to view dolphins, egrets, terns, and eagles. When you arrive at the fort, you hear its story. Then you are free to explore every room, furnished as it would have been in 1740. You can even climb up to the top (through a narrow trapdoor) for a view to the ocean. The ferry makes the trip every hour, on the half-hour, weather permitting.

If you have time, take a picnic lunch to eat in the park, then cross A1A for the best beach in town. Driving on the beach is allowed, but there is a charge and the sand can be tricky. Park on the lot before the ticket booth and walk to the beach free.

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Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Quick Informative Attraction”
Reviewed January 6, 2004

Fort Matanzas is small fort that can be reached by (free) ferry every 1/2 hour. A park ranger gives a guided, narrated tour. It's very close to other attractions of St. Augustine and worth the visit.

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