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Fort Matanzas National Monument

8635 A1a S, St. Augustine, FL 32080-8411
+1 904-471-0116
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This fort is on Rattlesnake Island and can be reached via ferry.
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  • Average5%
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“nature trail” (85 reviews)
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8635 A1a S, St. Augustine, FL 32080-8411
+1 904-471-0116
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Bridget B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank jose c
Reviewed 18 May 2017

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...More

Thank Ellieells
Reviewed 17 May 2017

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...More

2  Thank mountain22
Reviewed 17 May 2017 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
Reviewed 17 May 2017

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.

Thank SandranTony D
Reviewed 5 May 2017

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....More

1  Thank Ann V
Reviewed 4 May 2017

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...More

Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 30 April 2017

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...More

Thank geraldgraziose
Reviewed 26 April 2017 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...More

Thank LaMont L
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Janet W
Is there a charge for the boat ride? Does the National Park Card work?
2 January 2017|
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Response from Debbie S | Reviewed this property |
There is no charge for the boat. I am not sure about the National Park Card.
This may be a dumb question, but are pets allowed? I have an ESA (canine) that is under 15 lbs, is quiet, and can be in a bag/carrier the entire time.
6 September 2016|
Response from raj0302 | Reviewed this property |
From the park's website (Plan Your Visit tab on the left...Basic Information pull down menu...Pets pull down menu) yes, they are. However, you will be required to climb a stair case to access the first and second levels and... More