Key West history and a scenic tropical escape marry in the name of fun under the sun at this unique state park, just 1 mile from our hotel. Fort Zachary Taylor dates back to 1845, and played a pivotal role in the Civil War, while the 54-acre park surrounding it harbors some of the best beaches, sunset outlooks, biking trails, birdwatching, and water for snorkeling in the Florida Keys. Daily informative tours of historic Fort Taylor are available at noon as well.
Fort Taylor was under Union control before and during the Civil War, serving as a Gulf Coast headquarters for the Navy, and preventing shipments from arriving at nearby Confederate ports with cannons that could fire as far as 3 miles. This stymieing role, though never directly engaged in combat, is believed to have helped bring the war to an end.
The waters around Fort Taylor are teeming with tropical marine life, such as parrotfish, colorful coral, and yellowtail snapper, making it an ideal place for an afternoon of snorkeling.
The park features an on-site restaurant, Cayo Hueso Café, which is open 10am-5pm daily. Their tasty fare includes Cuban sandwiches, fresh salads, burgers, wraps, pizza, nachos, and ice cream. You can even dine outside by the water.