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Fort Matanzas National Monument

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Address: 8635 A1a S, St. Augustine, FL 32080-8411
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09:00 - 17:30
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This fort is on Rattlesnake Island and can be reached via ferry.

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We have visited quite a few forts and Fort Mantanzas has done the experience right. Rooms are set up with era related items, the kids really understood how each area of the fort... read more

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Bridget B
South Burlington, Vermont
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South Burlington, Vermont
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have visited quite a few forts and Fort Mantanzas has done the experience right. Rooms are set up with era related items, the kids really understood how each area of the fort was used. The history is well documented with clear signage, but with different themes to draw you in to the story. The Park Rangeres were available and... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had went extremely excited cause we had never been here. Come to find out the hurricane had damaged a few things. But I loved the nature walk, it was really nice.

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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you're a history buff you'll enjoy this. It was the first real moat (water drained) I have seen up close but looks pretty shallow. The view of the coast from the fort is also pretty but I left wanting to know more and wish I did a tour.

Thank Ellieells
Mount Dora, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It was designated a United States National Monument on October 15, 1924. Fort Matanzas guarded St. Augustine's southern river approach. At the present time the ferry service that transport (free) visitors to the actual fort is closed for repairs until further notice. This is due to damages occurred during Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

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Teays Valley, West Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to Fort Matanzas expecting to be bored, but it was impressive in size and rich in history. It was easy to imagine what life would have been like all those years ago.

Thank DWyndal
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed visiting the Fort and the grounds. It's amazing to us that so many people were here at one time to proctect themselves from war! The gift shoppe is nice also.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A little walking around and a lot of breeze on the upstairs level. Go enjoy this old fort and learn about the back and forth between the French, Spanish and finally the US. There are modern bathrooms there. Otherwise no concessions but none are needed. It can be done in an hour. Mind the signs and stay off the walls.

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Atlantic Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Due to damage from Hurricane Matthew, the ferry is not running now. This means that the Fort is not accessible. You can hike the 1/2 mile trail (all boardwalk) and see the fort from the beach (end point) but that's about it. It was still worth it to go and get my official NPS stamp at a national monument.

Thank Jennifer H
North Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have visited this fort before. This fort was constructed to protect St. Augustine from the south. This fort is only accessible by boat. This attraction is closed now, due to damage from Hurricane Mathew last year. The dock needs to be rebuilt. The fort was not damaged. I hope that the US Park Service can get the dock repaired... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our first time visit, we live out of state and drive there for a photo and history opportunity. Once we got there i was dissapointed to see that the boat or ferry to go visit the fort was closed down and no way to get there. Their dock was damaged by hurricane and not repaired yet. Disappointing visit.

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