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Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Southard St on Truman Annex | Key West, FL 33041 | Official website
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park Photo info
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  • Type: Hiking and Parks
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.4)
Value: 4.5 (4.5)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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For the cleanest beach and best waters in Key West, you should head for the westernmost point of the island to Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. There, you can sunbathe and get a dose of history all in one place. However, recent visitors say that while it's a good beach for Key West, there are better beaches elsewhere in Florida and in the Caribbean; the sand both in and out of water tends to be quite rocky. Take some water shoes, some grilling food and charcoal: The beach also has plenty of barbecue grills and rental equipment.

If you get tired of hanging out beachside, stop by the historic fort located within the park. The fort was built in mid-1800s and was used during the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. Guided tours are offered twice a day.

The park charges a small fee per vehicle (including bikes) and per person.

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