Built in 1845 and occupied by Yankee forces in 1861, the fort was finally completed in 1866. Now a National Historic ... More
Fort Zachary Taylor State Historic Site and Park
Built in 1845 and occupied by Yankee forces in 1861, the fort was finally completed in 1866. Now a National Historic Landmark, the fort has tours at noon and 2p. In January the park hosts the annual Sculpture Key West ; if you're here in February, you'll be treated to Civil War Days . The west side of the State park is ideal for fishing and snorkeling. In addition, the park also provides tables and grills for a picnic. See website for admission info. Open daily from 8a onwards.
We will be getting married at Ft Zach. Looked at all the other public beach options in KW and found this was the best. Beach, shade, trails, helpful staff and the small fee to get in keeps the not so desirable people out. No reason why you would not enjoy this area.
I go to Key West every few months. This a great stop away from the city. You do have to pay to get in, but it is worth it. There is plenty of shade, unlike the other beaches. The Fort has great history. And when at top, you can view the ships at dock, or when the Super Boats are in town, get a great picture of the pits or the race. When at the Fort, reading the numbers on the kind of fire power that was here, can be mind blowing. There is lots of room here. After a grilled picnic under the trees, you could walk or bike ride around and check out the land. This is indeed a wonderful place to relax for the day, before hitting Duval Street at night. We will be here again at the end of Feb 08. Best beach in Key West!
First understand that you don't go to Key West for sandy beaches. The coral reef (third largest in the world) keeps the waves from coming into shore so the waves don't break down the rock into fine sand. Take some water shoes and you will be fine! Ft Zach is the only thing that looks like a beach on this Key. You have to pay $7 to get in but it is worth it because it is clean and it offers food, clean bathrooms, snorkel rental and outdoor showers. The entire family was able to snorkel around the beach and they saw tropical fish in the shallow rock formations just 25 ft from the shore. Pay the small fee and make this your beach of destination for an afternoon of fun.
The beach is very rocky and painful to walk on. There is a long walk into the beach if you are on foot. There was a topless sunbather which I didn't appreciate given I had my 13 year old son with me. Key West is a great vacation spot, but not for the beaches.
With the price of a small entrance fee you have access to the best beach in Key West. A historical fort on site offers beautiful views and photo oportunities. Crystal blue water for relaxing and snorkling. There is even a small cafe a few feet off the beach for ordering snack type foods.
I lived in Key West for 14 yrs and was a frequent visitor to the Fort. My children learned to swim there, play there, and have fun. It is one of the treasures that Key West has to offer, and is worth taking care of.
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