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Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

601 Howard England Way, Key West, FL 33040-8395
+1 305-292-6713
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Historic site of a Civil War-era fort, currently being excavated; also has a beautiful beach for swimming and snorkeling.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“nice beach” (299 reviews)
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601 Howard England Way, Key West, FL 33040-8395
+1 305-292-6713
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Reviewed yesterday

We were somewhat disappointed. The fort was small and didn't have much to look at. We went through it in a short time, although we allotted more time to spend at the park, we were done early. We went to the beach, which was in...More

Thank 708christinek
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The beach had no sand, only rocks. We were very disappointed. The water is that clean. Don't recommend this place.

Thank Rano H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Ok, I have been to three different kayaking experiences, and two previous snorkeling. Fort Zachary Taylor is a gem in Key West. So my wife and I rented two chairs, and a big umbrella for 30 bucks, for another 30 bucks two snorkel and masks....More

Thank MusicandLyrics101
Reviewed yesterday

Was to hot to walk around the Fort, so went on to the beach instead. Beach was very rocky, however, you need to wear water shoes.

Thank mckeon893
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our time at this beach. The cafe was good and the facilities clean. The beach itself is a bit narrow but sitting under the trees offers protection from the relentless sun. Our favorite part was going to out to the rocks to snorkel....More

1  Thank Shelly C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really glad we went to see this. To get into the water from the beach area you definitely need shoes. Aqua socks worked great

Thank tonsch1028
Reviewed 3 days ago

Take a snorkle or goggles and swim with the fishes by the rocks. There is not a lot of beach, wear swim shoes if you have them. It was awesome!!

Thank John E
Reviewed 4 days ago

I had read other reviews and quite agree this is the best beach! Unless other Key West beaches, there are picnic tables hidden under a canopy of trees that offer respite from the hot sun but allow you to see the beauty of the beach...More

Thank paulalois99
Reviewed 4 days ago

Do NOT make the same mistake my family did and walk there. It is a long walk, so make sure you drive or even ride a bike. The fort itself was very big and cool to explore. The beach was very nice & the concession...More

1  Thank Kaylee G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Oh my the beaches alone in Fort Zachary are worth the extra stop! Excellent snorkeling and cook out areas with shade trees right by the beach. The fort itself is nearby and definitely worth seeing. Great views from up top and the way they "time-capsuled"...More

Thank MrsKrevoy
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28 March 2017|
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Response from PaTravelfan | Reviewed this property |
Yes, plenty of parking, but be aware there is an entrance fee, although fee is good for all day.
Sha S
18 February 2017|
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Response from Cal30Prez | Reviewed this property |
We are here for a month so did not walk from the cruise dock. It is walkable from there but I might suggest in your situation to consider riding on the Trolley tour which does make a stop at the gate of the State Park. In... More
17 December 2016|
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Response from Yanjon | Reviewed this property |
The reason is Seagrass beds at Fort Zachary Taylor HSP are found beyond the breakwaters in deeper water 200-400 feet from shore. This community is composed of a mixture of turtle grass (Thalassia testudinum), manatee grass... More