Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

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Anyone with an interest in history, nature, or both should make a detour to Florida's Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, based on Key West's southernmost tip. The park was named after Fort Jefferson, which was constructed by the United States Army in the latter half of the 1800s to protect the Florida Keys against foreign invasion. The fort is now an increasingly popular tourist attraction where you can learn about its intriguing history while exploring the many artifacts on display.

It also has some of the region's most picturesque beaches, replete with powdery sand and calm, blue waters. The beaches in the park are exceptional for quite a few activities, including sunbathing, swimming, and simply taking it easy.

The park's flora is a visual and aromatic delight, with everything from exotic plants and vibrant flowers to regal palm trees and towering hardwoods. Sea turtles, shorebirds, and even iguanas are just some of the wildlife that call this area home. You can enjoy the park for its natural beauty and abundant birdlife no matter your interests.

How to explore Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park?

  • Visit the historic Fort Zachary Taylor, a fortress erected in the latter half of the nineteenth century to protect the Florida Keys from invaders.
  • Learn about the fort's interesting heritage on a guided tour led by docent professionals.
  • Check out the museum at the fort to learn more about the fort and the area's rich history.
  • The park's various trails are exquisite for strolling or cycling while taking in the stunning scenery of the Florida Keys.
  • Soak up some rays for sunbathing and go for a swim in the park's pristine waters while lounging on one of the park's idyllic shores.
  • There are a multitude of picnic spots throughout the park, so pack a lunch and eat outside.
  • Experience the heavenly underwater world of the park by opting for a snorkeling or diving excursion.
  • Rent a paddleboard or a Kayak to get a new viewpoint on the park's shoreline.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for wild creatures such as sea turtles, shorebirds, and iguanas, and don't forget to take snapshots of these fascinating animals.
  • Experience the park's avian inhabitants up close and personal on a guided birdwatching tour.
  • Check out the park's tropical gardens and learn about the unique fauna and flora found there.
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Address of Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

601 Howard England Way, Key West, FL 33040-8395 USA

Opening & Closing time of Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

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