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Fort Zachary Taylor State Historic Site

Fort Zachary Taylor at Florida
601 Howard England WayKey WestFlorida 33040
305-292-6713
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Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Located at the southern end of Key West, Fort Zachary Taylor State Historic Site is a rugged state park with a beautiful sand beach edging the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Highlighted by a pre-Civil War Fort, this beautiful park and national historic landmark features hiking, biking and trails, picnic areas, chair rentals, and a beachside café. The park and beach offer endless recreational activities, including swimming, sun bathing, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and biking. The beach, shallow coves and rock jetties are ideal for snorkeling and watching sunsets.

Details

Hours:

8:00 a.m. until sundown. Fort closes at 5 p.m.

Prices:

Pedestrians and bicycles: $2; Cars: $6; Motorcycles: $4

Events


  • Daily Guided Tours
  • Yoga on the Beach
  • The Haunting of Ft. Taylor
  • Ft. Taylor Pirate Invasion
  • Civil War Days

Activities

  • Swimming
  • Hiking & Biking
  • Fishing
  • Historic Tours
  • Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

Recreational Activities

Key West's favorite beach, Fort Zachary Taylor is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities and adventures. The sandy beach is a peaceful place to soak up the sunshine and enjoy a picnic. Swim, snorkel, dive, kayak, canoe or jet ski in the clear blue waters off the beach and cove or enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the nature trail. The park also offers a shaded picnic area with tables and BBQs, and concessions that rent beach chairs, umbrellas, and snorkel gear. The best way to get to the park is by bike or foot.

Guided Tours

Historic Fort Taylor offers daily guided tours every day at noon. Follow park rangers as they explain how Fort Taylor shortened the Civil War. Friendly guides offer fascinating information on the history and significance of the fort and why it’s a Historic National Landmark. You can also enjoy self-guided experience and check out the fort and interpretive exhibits throughout the park.

FAQs

  • Is there scuba diving at Fort Zachary Taylor?

    The waters off Fort Taylor offer one of the best beach dives in the Florida Keys. With moderate depths of up to 20 feet and perfect visibility, the clear blue waters off this pristine beach offer hard and soft corals and colorful tropical fish like parrot fish and angelfish. Since the park is located right where the Gulf meets the Atlantic, you may see giant grouper, huge tarpon or schools of fish. Fort Taylor is a scuba diving and snorkeling oasis.
  • What wildlife can I see?

    The largest green space in Key West, Fort Taylor is home to a myriad or a variety of native wildlife, plants, birds and marine creatures. Walk along the nature trails that line the beach, including Sand Hog Trail and Fort View Trail, and loop through native trees and vegetation that are essential for migrating birds on their journey. As Part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, the park is habitat to many birds of prey and shorebirds, and is the last stop for many bird species going south.

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