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Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, Key West

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, Key West (must see)

Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1973, this popular 87-acre (352,000 m²) state park is anchored by a famous Civil War fort housing the nation's largest collection of Civil War cannons, which plays host to several special events throughout the year – including week-long Civil War reenactments. On the weekend preceding Halloween, it is transformed into a haunted fort, much like a haunted house but on a grand scale and with a distinctive Civil War theme. For its time, the fort was an engineering marvel, with sanitary facilities flushed by the tide and a desalination plant that produced drinking water.

The beach here is shaded by several acres of Australian pine trees so it's always a bit cooler than the rest of Key West. It's also less crowded, with good deep water swimming, restrooms, showers, a concession stand, and picnic tables. Best snorkeling from the shore in the Keys, too, with protected water for kids!

Why You Should Visit:
The entire beach seems like an island paradise, instead of one minute from the city center. A must-see beach with great sunsets, ready to enjoy!

Tip:
If you're a history lover, make sure to take the daily guided tour starting at 11am at the Fort. Be prompt – they start on time.

Opening Hours:
8am until sundown, 365 days a year (Fort closes at 5pm)

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Sight Name: Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
Sight Location: Key West, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark

Walking Tours in Key West, Florida

Create Your Own Walk in Key West

Create Your Own Walk in Key West

Creating your own self-guided walk in Key West is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Key West Introduction Walk

Key West Introduction Walk

For the historically curious as well as for party people or laid-back drifters, Key West is a small paradise at the end of the road, with some truly awesome sunset views. The smell, flavors and visions of Hemingway-esque Old Town with its pirates, shipwrecks, quaint homes and historical sites exist in the middle of one of America's premier party towns. Even though there aren't any grand...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Museums and Galleries Walk

Museums and Galleries Walk

Key West offers some unique and exceptional museums related to the history and location of the city. As it is situated on an island, this place was often visited by pirates in the past, and so there are many museums about pirates. The famous American writer Ernest Hemingway lived here and there is a museum dedicated to him. Key West is also the birthplace of some really famous artists. You can...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Key West Bar Hopping

Key West Bar Hopping

Referred to as "an amusement park for adults fueled with alcohol", Key West has so many great bars, each with their own vibe, that it's hard to narrow it down to just a few – but the ones included in this walk should get you off to a good start. Besides a sense of history and exceptional sunsets, the bars offer good beers, margaritas, wines, a variety of meals, and – not the...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles

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Top 12 Bars in Key West, Florida

Top 12 Bars in Key West, Florida

Drinking is a way of life in Key West. Whether you want a perfectly poured Guinness or would rather sip frozen rum runners while watching the sun set, the Southern Most City has everything to offer. This guide will help you find the most popular bars and hidden local favorites on Duval Street and...