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Fort Zachary Taylor

Fort Zachary Taylor

On Florida's southernmost shore, transport yourself back in time to the days of cannons and warships where brave soldiers bravely battled in the Civil and Spanish-American Wars. Fort Taylor, one of a series of strategic defensive structures constructed in the mid-1800s, still stands today as sentinel over one of Key West's favorite beaches at the southern end of this Florida State Park. Relax on the beautiful beach or swim and snorkel in the gentle cove. Enjoy picnics, barbeques, and fishing from the sandy shores. Stroll the nature trails, bike ride through the park and take an informative, guided tour of Fort Zachary, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973.
  • Events
    • Civil War Heritage Days
    • Guided Fort Tours
    • Ranger Led Walks
  • Activities
    • Beach
    • Camping
    • Fishing
    • Shelling
    • Picnics


  • Is There A Beach At Fort Zackary Taylor? Can I Rent Lounge Chairs?
    Spend your day swimming or snorkeling at Florida's southernmost state park. A sprawling beach of sand and pebbles is perfect for sunbathing and shell collecting. The nearby breakwater is teeming with tropical fish, making it the perfect destination for snorkelers. Pack your picnic basket, bring the family and enjoy the best swimming on the island in the crystal clear and clean water. Beach lounge chairs and umbrellas are available for rent.

  • What Activities And Water Sports Can I Do At The Park?
    Explore this beautiful 54 acre park along the shoreline with the best beach on Key West. Swim and snorkel with tropical marine life and corals. Fish off the west rock jetty. Explore wooded trails, bike the shaded paths, or take a narrated tour of Fort Zachary Taylor and see Civil War cannons. Enjoy a cookout by the beach with grills and picnic tables around the park, or sample local beach cuisine at Cayo Hueso Café. Take in a spectacular Key West sunset where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Atlantic. Tip: you can rent raft and snorkeling equipment at the beach.