Fort Zachary Taylor, Key West

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Offering a mix of history and recreation, Fort Zachary Taylor centers on a military fort from the Civil War era. Construction began in 1845 and lasted nearly 20 years. The fort played an important role in a network of military garrisons located along the southeastern coast. Deactivated in the 1940s, the fort contains the largest collection of Civil War cannons in the country. Take a short tour of the military establishment, and then spend time swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving on the sandy beach. To escape tourist crowds near the fort, hike or cycle the natural trails crisscrossing the park. Add Fort Zachary Taylor and other attractions to your Key West trip itinerary using our Key West trip planner.
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  • Great beach for snorkeling and/or laying out. Shaded areas, picnic tables, trails, chair and umbrella rentals, snorkel gear rentals and a cafe/lunch spot. You will see lots of fish by the rocks, with ...  more »
  • Key West certainly doesn't boast beautiful beaches or beautiful sea. Without going far, not even to compare to our Sardinia, Island of Elba or the beaches of Salento. It's not that it takes a few palm trees to make a beach "paradise". But of course the sea must go because the heat is scorching and at least this beach has the advantage of not being super crowded, and the trees offer areas of shade. I recommend buying as soon as possible a newly arrived umbrella in Florida, sun and hot put a strain. The water temperature was very pleasant there you could stay for hours. But the sea and sand were full of seaweed. I do not understand why in the morning the municipality does not pass with a tractor to clean the beach; and yes you also charge the entrance!
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  • One of the nicest state parks I've ever been to. Nice little cafe, the food is decent bit it is nice for when you loose track of time and wind up hungry. The sunset view is amazing and very romantic. I will say that as with most Key West beaches water shoes will be your best friends. The woods are a really fun place to grill as well offering a relaxed get away atmosphere.
  • I wish we had found this place sooner. My wife and I enjoyed the beach. The parking was easy. The staff was helpful. Additionally they have 2 beach wheelchairs which makes it more accessible. Interesting enough the beach is on top of rock so I was able to take my manual wheelchair down to the beach chairs and transfer to layout in the sun.
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