Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park was built by the United States to protect the coast from pirates in 1822, and was named after President Zachary Taylor in 1845. Before the naming and establishment of Fort Taylor, the area was controlled by Spanish explorers. The fort was once used as a military storage yard and today is home to one of the widest collections of weaponry, including Civil War cannons.

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Activities at the Park

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park is popular for its US military history and recreation opportunities. With expansive beaches and coastlines, the park is also famous for picnicking, swimming, and snorkeling. The park is open to the public and is accessible by paying an admission fee. Inside, it offers a trail of enjoyable nature walks and cycling to help you relax and unwind as well as camping facilities for families and groups as well as canoeing and kayaking opportunities. There is a myriad of activities on offer, including horse trails, boat tours, and surfing. The park also frequently plays host to events such as weddings and social gatherings. While at the park, be sure to adhere to the safety guidelines and the regulations that are in force in order to maximize your fun.

Overnight Vacations

If you find yourself running out of time and are not quite ready to head home, the park offers overnight options from camping, cabins, and lodges to spending the night on a house boat. There are also options for group camps and primitive camping. For overnight bookings, visitors must make a reservation with the park’s management prior to arrival.

Special Boating Trips

For honeymooners and couples looking for something a little more special, the park has several romantic boat trips running throughout the year. These are moonlit boating tours in canoes with a park ranger-guided tour down the river. For early birds and families, why not take advantage of a sunrise boating tour during the spring and summer, where you can get up close and personal with some of the local wildlife.


Besides having fun, the park also offers opportunities for educational trips, volunteer projects, and life learning programs, among others. The park is ideal for youth groups, such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides.

There is also the Junior Ranger Program, which offers an opportunity to learn while interacting with the natural environment. Researchers may also apply for permission to conduct studies within the park.

Fees and Charges

Admission fees are charged per vehicle with two to eight occupants. It is also important to note that separate fees are charged as per the park amenities and activities. Overnight charges range from $16 to $160 dollars, depending on your requests. Please remember that prior reservations are required to book you in for the night.


601 Howard England Way, Key West, FL 33040, Phone: 305-292-6713

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