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Fort Matanzas National Monument

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This fort is on Rattlesnake Island and can be reached via ferry.
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8635 A1a S, St. Augustine, FL 32080-8411
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our weekend visit to Saint Augustine started with a trip to Fort Matanzas. The gentleman in the visitor center/gift shop was pleasant and chatted with us for a bit before getting the short video started (video is about 5 minutes). The video covers both Matanzas...More

Thank SweetTooth777
Reviewed 1 week ago

totally free and includes an awesome little pontoon boat ride across the Matanzas River to the fort. I good little board walk adjacent for flora fauna tours.

Thank mrkctlr7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice little side trip with history and a boat ride rolled into one. Long enough to get to explore. Short enough to keep your interest. All this and it’s free to boot. Good trip for all ages. Handicap accessible. A little out of the way...More

Thank Thomas D
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

i arrived early, at about 9, grabbed my free ticket for a boat ride over to the fort and watched the 10-ish minute video in the visitors center. The boat ride over was great, it was a beautiful day to be on the water, even...More

5  Thank craig c
Reviewed 8 September 2018

I am pleased to report that after a LONG cessation of boats across the ICW to the fort, the hurricane damaged docks and moorings have finally been repaired. This means that FORT MATANZAS is once again opened to the public. I grew up in Ormond...More

3  Thank MENemier
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

My family (in laws) from North Carolina went to the fort, and it was very fun and educational. The tour and ferry ride are free. Donations are appreciated.Mitchell at the front desk was a delight to talk to and gave Leo a ranger activity book...More

1  Thank Cosmicroadsidemystic
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

You get a shirt little pontoon ride across the river to the fort with a park ranger. They do a great job of telling the story behind the fort’s importance. At this tiny watchtower/ fort, the two rooms are set up with examples of weapons,...More

Thank MrsSRockHill
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

Visited on a beautiful late summer day, and I believe we were on the first tour. Great from the moment we pulled up into the parking lot that had gorgeous oak trees. It’s free! Really and truly. The ferry ride is pretty short, and the...More

Thank Tatiana H
Reviewed 29 August 2018

I love taking visitors here. It is a fun, free little boat ride to the tiniest fort you will ever see. Kind of a nice, out of the way relaxing excursion. I am up for any kind of boat ride, so I have no problem...More

Thank Classydiner
Reviewed 27 August 2018

If you like national parks then I guess you need to see this. It's a free park and that's probably good because it's very small. There's nothing particularly unique about the fort except for the history you see and hear. And of course you will...More

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2 July 2018|
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Response from jforgie2 | Reviewed this property |
45 minutes. There are no bathrooms but you need to take water. Food is not allowed.
20 November 2017|
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Response from CyndyandByron | Reviewed this property |
It is absolutely free! We did not even need our National Park Card.
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Response from LynCherie | Reviewed this property |
No charge for boat ride