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The Florida Keys Sights

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

  • Southard St. Map It
  • Key West
  • Military Site

Updated 05/12/2014

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Construction of the fort began in 1845 but was halted during the Civil War. Even though Florida seceded from the Union, Yankee forces used the fort as a base to block Confederate shipping. More than 1,500 Confederate vessels were detained in Key West's harbor. The fort, finally completed in 1866, was also used in the Spanish-American War. Take a 30-minute guided walking tour of the redbrick fort, a National Historic Landmark, at noon and 2, or self-tour anytime between

8 and 5. In February a celebration called Civil War Heritage Days includes costumed reenactments and demonstrations. From mid-January to mid-April the park serves as an open-air gallery for pieces created for Sculpture Key West. One of its most popular features is its man-made beach, a rest stop for migrating birds in the spring and fall; there are also picnic areas, hiking and biking trails and a kayak launch.

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Sight Information

Address:

Southard St., at the end of the street, through Truman Annex, Key West, Florida, 33040, United States

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Phone:

305-292–6713

Sight Details:

  • $4 for single occupant vehicles, $6 for 2-8 people in a vehicle, plus a 50¢ per person county surcharge.
  • Daily 8–sunset

Updated 05/12/2014

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