Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
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08:00 - 17:00
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08:00 - 17:00
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08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 17:00
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08:00 - 17:00
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08:00 - 17:00
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08:00 - 17:00
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08:00 - 17:00
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This historic fort has the largest collection of Civil War armaments in the world. Bonus: It's located along a beach that's popular for sunset views.
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  • Margie B
    139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beach and a fort to go with it!
    Cheapest way to spend a beautiful day in Key West! It cost us $7.00 to enter Fort Zachary State Park. It did get busy in parking lots closest to beaches. Water shoes are needed. A hammock to hang between trees can be a relaxing way to spend time in the shade and good for a nap. Bring a chair or rent-can get expensive. Concessions are available. Bathrooms are located on walk to fort. Might be other bathrooms closer to beach? We enjoyed the history of the fort, walking around looking at the displays. Best beach in Key West!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 April 2023
  • Linda001123
    Jefferson City, Missouri49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking View
    Went there to view the sunset and was not disappointed. Wanted to avoid the crowds at Mallory Square. The view was spectacular. Could not have asked for more regarding the sights and ambience. We regretted not coming earlier for a family beach day.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 April 2023
  • Nomisnek
    Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating historical spot, and beach!
    Another fine example of United States’ history. While no longer the once imposing force, the fort still holds an important place in the history of our country. While it is very stark to stroll through, the information about the cannons is amazing. You can walk through the whole fort in a short period of time. Definitely worth a visit. Go early in the day. It gets hot. PLAN AHEAD and go to the beach in the park. Good snorkeling and plenty of shade.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 May 2023
  • YotaPower
    Guilford, Maine828 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great look into the past by exploring this fort.
    We enjoyed our time exploring this fort thoroughly. They had a black smith doing some bending the way they did in the old days. We also got to see an iguana while we were walking through the woods. I would highly recommend seeing this park.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Nikelle G
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Tour!!
    Family vacation to Key West. We arrived at Fort Zachary Taylor in time for the 11:00 tour given by the park ranger. This was such a great tour!! Informative, entertaining, and relaxing - everything we needed after a busy week of Duval Street and Smathers Beach.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 June 2023
  • mayniacmo
    Waterloo, Canada158 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Park
    We had rented bikes for our stay and we biked to the park. It’s a nice park with a beach area with food and a section with reservable chairs/umbrellas. The beach itself is pretty rocky. We also walked around the Fort which is pretty interesting. I could see biking around here more if we were in Key West longer.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Betsy D
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So glad we went
    We rented lounge chairs on the beach, went swimming, got a beer and ice cream sandwich, and walked around fort ruins. It was so easy and pleasant. Definitely glad we had water shoes for the rocky beach. Calm, warm waters. It wasn't very clear that day so we skipped snorkels. There's some shade which is nice... Especially if you fall asleep like us. Bathrooms are serviceable. Saw beach wheelchairs and signs about accessibility. Didn't use it so can't vouch for it, but looked promising. The Fort isn't much to see. The signs could be more interesting, but it was still worth a walk through while there. A few interesting tidbits. If you're into civil war cannons, don't miss it. Really easy to get into and out of.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 June 2023
  • CammyKY
    Frankfort, Kentucky28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great beach
    Just realize when going to KW, you are not at Gulf beaches or even Atlantic. Wear watershoes. Arrive here at 10AM, depending on time of year and rent chair and umbrellas. I love this state park. Love they also have food/drinks for sale and snorkeling gear. The Fort is great too, try and catch the tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 17 June 2023
  • Conor R
    Plymouth, Massachusetts475 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bring your beach shoes
    We spent a couple of afternoons at the beach. Loved the umbrella/loungers. The rum punches are delicious and the burgers were tasty. The sand is lovely, but it’s very rocky in the water. Fine with beach shoes. Gorgeous sunsets.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Christian S
    Key West, Florida2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views, not so great service.
    Fort Zach never disappoints, except for this one time. I come here multiple times a week for the gorgeous views and cute little concession stand. Unfortunately this time the man working the concession stand was extremely rude. Not just to me but to every single person in line. I understand you’re in a rush but this is people’s vacation experience. It’s not that serious Gene, you don’t need to yell at each person to hurry in the line.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 July 2023
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PowerTrippers
Cocoa Beach, FL1,312 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed a beautiful Key West afternoon at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. The fort was very interesting, though lacking in signage explaining what you were seeing. Still, very cool place.

The beach was absolutely beautiful, and was a wonderful place to swim. The water was very tropical looking, and was the perfect temperature for swimming.

No trip to Key West would be complete without a visit to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Two thumbs up!

-The PowerTrippers
Written 8 April 2024
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TravelingMama
New York, NY389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Nice beach, clean. Lots of picnic tables under shade of trees. You can leave the park and come back later if you keep your receipt. They rent snorkel gear, chairs and umbrellas. Umbrellas sell out quickly but there are trees you can put your chair near to get some shade if they are sold out of umbrellas. Rocky in the water - wear shoes. Found some shells on the shore where the water breaks.
Written 31 March 2024
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Megan L
Brentwood, CA237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Great tangible history. Fun exploring and climbing, some of the loveliest views. It was a perfect compliment to the other options on Key West.
Written 24 March 2024
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Erin G
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Visited last week with my Dad and had a great experience! You can walk around the fort by yourself any time, but there's a guided tour at 11am. It's the only one they do a day and I had read about it on some reviews the night before we went. SO THANKFUL I did that and planned our visit for the tour. Highly recommend!! It would have been cool to wander around but without the guide there's zero information available to read. Our park ranger, Andrew, was so informative and great with the group. We learned a lot about the fort and history of Key West. After the tour we were able to walk around and explore more on our own. When we finished our time at the fort, we spent a couple of hours at the beach. We had already known from reviews/blogs that Key West is not the best beach town, but the state park is one of the only places to access easily. It was a spacious area with an area to get food, use restrooms, rent chairs/umbrellas, etc. but the beach was so rocky and full of stones. We did not end up staying long. This didn't ruin our experience as we knew what to expect going in, but be aware of this so you're not planning a lazy beach day.
Written 24 March 2024
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JP@BaysideDivers
Cutler Bay, FL6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
It has a nice beach. Perfect spots to take photos. You can also fish right off the rocks. Great view of the cruise ships coming in.
Written 24 March 2024
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Passport736922
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Had been to Fort Zachary Taylor Park before when my kids were young. I was both happy and disappointed to see the park now offered chairs, umbrellas, and snorkel gear. My biggest complaint is that the people working the stand would not let my husband, myself, and friends sit on the beach. We could only sit on the outskirts of the rocky beach because the rest was only for people renting chairs. It costs money to enter the state park and there are many who live on a budget. This can make it not affordable to families to enjoy. We only planned on staying a short time, so we did not want chairs. NO ONE who pays a fee in the United States to get into a state park should be told they are restricted on where they sit. This is not right! I have reached out to the state park about this practice and hope to hear back that this will change. Chairs can be mixed in with patrons!
Written 22 March 2024
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Jeff S
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great park with dozens of shaded picnic tables and a decent beach. Beach has many small stones and dead coral, so tender feet beware.
Written 16 March 2024
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Kristie
Columbia, MO83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Key West is not known for its beaches, but if you are craving (as I was!) some sand and sun and surf, this is the perfect place! We biked in from our BnB near Duval Street, and brought our own snorkeling equipment. Chairs for rent, lots of shade for those who want it. I snorkeled around the rocks just offshore and saw tons of fish, including huge colorful parrotfish! Good for families, good for couples. Nice, natural surroundings. Bike trails throughout. Picnic tables for those who want to bring in a meal. Loved it!
Written 8 March 2024
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WorldTraveler910
Wilmington, NC94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
If you are into lesser-known fort history, we recommend visiting Fort Zachery while in Key West. The park ranger did an excellent job telling us about the history of the fort and many topics you would not know if you just toured the fort by yourself.
Written 8 March 2024
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Robertoisfun
Fredericksburg, VA867 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
My Honey and I decided to enjoy a morning walk to the State Park from where we were staying on Duval Street. A bit longer walk than my Honey expected as there was detours due to new construction. I read about the 11 am guided tour by the Park Ranger so we arrived prior to 11 am. Thank goodness we had the opportunity to listen to the knowledgeable Ranger. He was interesting and passionate about the Fort's part in history and we both learned a lot. The tour took about 1 - 1 1/2 hours and you could break off to be by yourself anytime you wanted. The Ranger brought to Fort's past to life for us and we thanked him. I do wish we had the opportunity to check out the beach, but alas the walking zapped my Honey's enthusiasm. This adventure only cost us $5 for both of us, which you can't beat in Key West.
Written 5 March 2024
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