Fort Zachary Taylor State Park

601 Howard England Way, Key West, FL 33040

(305) 295-0037


Fort Zachary Taylor Park in Key West, Florida, is a destination that combines historical significance with natural beauty. The park, which spans 54 acres, is a National Historic Landmark, notable for its role in Florida's early development and Civil War history. It was named after U.S. President Zachary Taylor and construction began in 1845, shortly after Florida became a state.

Visitors can take a narrated tour of Fort Zachary Taylor to learn about its construction, Civil War cannons, and other historical aspects. The park is also renowned for having Key West's best beach, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gulf of Mexico. It offers opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and fishing (with certain restrictions and licensing requirements). The underwater habitat is rich with marine life like parrot fish and yellowtail snapper, and there are wooded nature trails for bird watching and exploring native plant life.

Additionally, the park offers beach equipment rentals through the Chickee Hut, such as lounge chairs, umbrellas, and snorkeling gear. The Cayo Hueso Café serves beach cuisine from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. For those looking for a unique venue, the park also hosts weddings and private parties.

The park is open daily from 8:00 am to sunset, with the fortress accessible from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The entrance fee varies depending on the mode of transportation and the number of people in a vehicle, with individual rates for those walking or biking into the park. For more information, visitors can contact the Park Ranger’s office or inquire about activities, rental equipment, and cafe services at the contact provided on the website.