Fort Matanzas National Monument

Fort Matanzas National Monument

Fort Matanzas National Monument
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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This fort is on Rattlesnake Island and can be reached via ferry.
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  • Darin H
    Waterford, Michigan233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent guide and tour
    This fort is a great compliment to the one in st Augustine. You take a boat ride to the actual fort but that only takes 4 minutes. Our ranger - Caroline - was very knowledgeable and gave a great talk answering any question given to her. Very good and worth the drive.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Allen S
    St. Augustine, Florida4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Favorite date spot
    Love going here for a date. The tour is animated, the boat ride is romantic, and the cost is free. A personal favorite part is the birds swooping down into the river and the wild turkey that wanders around. I also like remembering that St. Aug has a French history, too. Check out the canon shots on Saturdays.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Valerie G
    North Port, Florida270 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Experience! Perfect for Families!
    This is a perfect activity for families visitng St.Augustine. The boat ride over to the fort is very short, just about 5 to 10 minutes. My kids absolutely loved checking out the fort, the boat ride and the canons! Our park ranger Caroline was very informative and friendly as well as the boat captain. You get to spend the perfect amount of time on Rattlesnake Island before returning to the shore. About 20 to 30 minutes. A must do for those interested in history or for large families. Make sure to get here early to grab a free pass over to the fort.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 September 2023
  • Matt w
    262 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing short stopover historical visit
    A late decision to stop here and so glad we did. Time your visit to arrive 20mins before the free ferry across to the Fort. We had brought our own picnic lunch. The Rangers were very informative (Caroline took us across and shared all her knowledge). My son did the Journey Ranger activity to earn his badges… so much fun! Full of history and well worth the donation entry
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 November 2023
  • Lisa J
    Plant City, Florida937 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fort Matanzas NM
    It had been many years sense we had been to the fort and we were in the area. Its free to go over and see it and It was a short boat ride over to the fort. You do have to climb stairs to get into the fort, and then if you want to get to the top you have to climb a ladder through a small hole. So I did not get to do that because the hole is really tight. There is a ranger that gets off the boat and tells you about the fort and the people that worked and lived there and the challenges they faced. Very interesting place.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 December 2023
  • KRose
    Tallahassee, Florida182 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free is good - coquina and burgundy flag
    Knowledgeable and professional rangers who could answer any questions i asked. Volunteers work hard and are to be commended. Free admission and ferry to Fort but recommend getting there at opening time to ensure a ticket for the day. The parking is the only issue and waited in line for a spot. Convenient bathrooms were clean. There were kids excited to get their Jr ranger badges. Takes about 2 hours; It was a nice time cant wait to bring my grandsons to learn more of the history of Florida. ☀️
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 25 January 2024
  • Chekist
    Arlington, Virginia36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Boatride To Spanish Fort
    This Spanish colonial fort dates back to 1569 and is owned by the National Park Service. There is no entrance fee. A free short boat ride (less than 10 minutes) takes you to the island with the fort. A ranger guide accompanies all groups. You cannot go to the fort by yourself. Worth seeing nearby (about 15 miles) is another Spanish fort, Castillo de San Marcos, also owned by the NPS.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 February 2024
  • S M
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hidden gem
    This was a really nice surprise! To start with it is free. They boat you as a small group to the fort and the rangers did a great job explaining the history. Everyone is then boated back together to the rangers station. We ended hike around the area including walking across the street to hike around crescent beach.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 March 2024
  • SkipJAtlanta
    205 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Striking monument worthy of a visit.
    Hey, this is free! And reminds you why our National Park System is so amazing. You get a ferry ride, narrated history lesson and visit to a historical site that is amazing for no cost. Keep in mind that they begin handing out free ferry tickets for the entire day early in morning and once they are gone, they are gone. So I'd suggest if you are staying close by to come early and get tickets. Plus parking can be problematic as lot is small. Keep in mind many visitors park across highway near beach and walk back to the monument.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 June 2024
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SkipJAtlanta
Atlanta205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Hey, this is free! And reminds you why our National Park System is so amazing. You get a ferry ride, narrated history lesson and visit to a historical site that is amazing for no cost. Keep in mind that they begin handing out free ferry tickets for the entire day early in morning and once they are gone, they are gone. So I'd suggest if you are staying close by to come early and get tickets. Plus parking can be problematic as lot is small. Keep in mind many visitors park across highway near beach and walk back to the monument.
Written 15 June 2024
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marcos76br
Boynton Beach, FL159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
St Augustine is one of my favorite city to visit. City and beaches are amazing. Recommend going and stay for 3 or more days.
Written 26 May 2024
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S M
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This was a really nice surprise! To start with it is free. They boat you as a small group to the fort and the rangers did a great job explaining the history. Everyone is then boated back together to the rangers station. We ended hike around the area including walking across the street to hike around crescent beach.
Written 16 March 2024
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drccds
Minneapolis, Mn.114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Really fun and interesting time riding the boat over and touring the Fort. Very historic even if it has been remodeled many times. Those guys had it rough!
Written 2 March 2024
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Chekist
Arlington, VA36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This Spanish colonial fort dates back to 1569 and is owned by the National Park Service. There is no entrance fee. A free short boat ride (less than 10 minutes) takes you to the island with the fort. A ranger guide accompanies all groups. You cannot go to the fort by yourself. Worth seeing nearby (about 15 miles) is another Spanish fort, Castillo de San Marcos, also owned by the NPS.
Written 9 February 2024
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KRose
Tallahassee, FL182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Business
Knowledgeable and professional rangers who could answer any questions i asked. Volunteers work hard and are to be commended. Free admission and ferry to Fort but recommend getting there at opening time to ensure a ticket for the day. The parking is the only issue and waited in line for a spot. Convenient bathrooms were clean. There were kids excited to get their Jr ranger badges. Takes about 2 hours; It was a nice time cant wait to bring my grandsons to learn more of the history of Florida. ☀️
Written 25 January 2024
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David G
31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We're giving this an Average rating because we weren't able to go to the fort itself. You have to take a free ferry over to it, but the process was confusing because it doesn't allow you to reserve tickets in advance but all the ferries were sold out. The person working behind the desk didn't seem like he wanted to be there. You are able to walk down to the beach from which you can see the fort, but it would be better to go over to the fort itself.
Written 20 January 2024
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Miranda & Adam
Shelbyville, IN104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
FREE ENTRY.
FREE FERRY RIDE.

This monument is very cool. You get to go on a ferry ride across the way to the monument. Our guide, Caroline, did an amazing job explaining the history and relevance.

We saw dolphins and other wildlife on our way over. Definitely kid friendly. Not wheel chair friendly. Steep stairs and ladders.

Definitely climb to the top, up the ladder, and look out. It’s amazing something built in the 1700s is still standing today.
Written 14 January 2024
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Lisa J
Plant City, FL937 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
It had been many years sense we had been to the fort and we were in the area. Its free to go over and see it and It was a short boat ride over to the fort. You do have to climb stairs to get into the fort, and then if you want to get to the top you have to climb a ladder through a small hole. So I did not get to do that because the hole is really tight. There is a ranger that gets off the boat and tells you about the fort and the people that worked and lived there and the challenges they faced. Very interesting place.
Written 26 December 2023
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Ted S
Xenia, OH18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Wonderful piece of history. Well maintained by the National Park Service and requires a short ferry ride to access. While inside the fort you get a true sense of the tedious boredom experienced by the soldiers that served here. The park also has rwo short nature trails. We enjoyed our visit here.
Written 11 December 2023
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