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Fort Matanzas National Monument


Coastal Florida was a major field of conflict as European nations fought for control in the New World. As part of this struggle, Fort Matanzas guarded St. Augustine's southern river approach. The colonial wars are over, but the monument is still protecting not just the historic fort, but also the wild barrier island and the plants and animals who survive there amidst a sea of modern development.



Patti Caruana

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Wonderful stop on our ride. The free boat ride to the fort was still down from the hurricane. The ranger said they're just about finished with repairs. Beautiful, cool place to use the facilities and grab fresh cold water for our bottles in the shade of a dozen live oak trees. Worth a stop. The fort is fun, too.

Angela Mueller

Sunday, May 20, 2018
Nice and quick stop for a dose of history on the Florida coast. Allow about an hour to take the ferry over and see the fort. A bit more if you want to take a walk along the boardwalk. I recommend it! We also saw some dolphins swimming by as we were at the fort!

Amber Peyton

Thursday, June 14, 2018
The location is beautiful and peaceful! We enjoyed our visit so much ... had a few little extra things going on that the kids thought were so cool! Everything was clean and the staff were super friendly and knowledgeable!

Marcel Minton

Friday, June 8, 2018
Super cool and historical. Staff Actors are great and knowledgeable on their subjects. Admission was quite expensive though

Mack Epi

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Great park, a lot of history and very nice short nature trail. The ferry going over to the fort was still not working since the hurricane in 2017 which was disappointing. Went over to the beach side of the park. Huge dunes and a nice beach. When you leave the park and head south on A1A there is a little parking lot where you can go down to the inlet beach. Very nice place for kids.

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