Fort Matanzas National Monument

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Facility:Fort Matanzas National Monument
Description:Take a FREE tour of Fort Matanzas and you will be enriched after one simple visit! 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. See the website for more information.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:8635 A1A South
Address 2:
City:St. Augustine
State/Province:FL
Zip Code:32080
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:Open to the public from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM every day of the year except December 25.

The short ferry to the fort leaves every hour beginning at 10:30. There is no fee for the ferry.
Admission:Free
Telephone:(904) 471-0116
Website:http://www.nps.gov/foma/index.htm
R E V I E W S
Jill R., Co-op Member
Fort Matanzas is a great place to learn about Florida history. Costumed guides do a great job explaining the history of our country's oldest city and the part the fort played in protecting it. There are various presentations throughout each day and throughout the year so it's a good idea to call in advance to see what's being offered.
Stacy Shawiak, Co-op Member
Fort Matanzas is a wonderful place to visit as a family field trip or as a homeschool group. If going as a family, no need to call. Just show up any day of the week from 9:30-4:30 for a free ferry ride, historical talk, and informative tour of the old Spanish fort. For school tours, call ahead for a private boat tour limited to 35 people. I found that the public tours give you more time than the school tours. For instance, on the school tours the kids weren't allowed to climb the ladder to the roof. The public tours do not have this restriction. The first Saturday of the month is a great time to visit because the reinactors fire off the canons from the fort.
Be sure to stop by the visitor center for a Junior Ranger packet. Complete the required activities (easy enough to do while at the park) and your child receives a certificate and junior ranger badge.
After the boat tour, take a leisurely walk along the nature trail and explore nature. Picnic tables are available in the shade with lots of curvy trees to climb. Clean restrooms are available near the parking lot.
You will have a great day learning about Florida history and experiencing some beautiful nature. You may even want to return with just your spouse for a romantic date.
I also recommend checking out the Fort's website for valuable background information and worksheets for additional learning.
Betty D., Co-op Member
Great place to visit. The gift shop was very extensive with lots of books for every age level. The guided tour was very informative. It was very impressive to be in one of the oldest forts of the country. The whole St. Augustine area is full of history and learning fun.
Betty D., Co-op Member
Great place to visit. The gift shop was very extensive with lots of books for every age level. The guided tour was very informative. It was very impressive to be in one of the oldest forts of the country. The whole St. Augustine area is full of history and learning fun.
LAR, Co-op Member
We loved our trip Fort Matanzas earlier this year. We bought the girls National Park Passport Books from the gift shop and after they completed an activity book of questions, each girl received a special badge and passport sticker. Even with a few raindrops, we all had a wonderful day.
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