Every once in a while, you need to trade in the hustle and bustle of everyday life for something a little slower-paced. A stay at Southernmost Inn in Old Town Key West fits this to a T. Our charming adults-only hotel is near Duval Street, which means it’s only blocks away from some of the best attractions and activities on the island. One of these attractions that should be on every itinerary is Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, located on the southern edge of Key West.

The Historical Significance of This Florida Keys State Park

To fully appreciate this historic state park, which happens to be the southernmost state park in the continental U.S., you need to understand its significance. Fort Zachary was completed in 1866 and built to protect Florida’s southern coast. It first served as a barrier for Confederacy ships during the Civil War and later as a stronghold in 1989 during the Spanish-American Water. 

A Checklist of Things to Do and See around the Fort

Today, the grounds of this historical site draw visitors looking to explore it and all the activities found there.

  • As part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, the park is home to fall and spring bird migrations. Before setting off for a bit of bird watching, pick up a bird list at the ranger station.
  • Cast your line from the rock jetty next to the main shipping channel and see if you can catch snapper, grouper, or tarpon. Don’t forget your fishing license.
  • A unique way to explore the park is geocaching. There’s a website with the most current information and clues to caches hidden in the park. 
  • You have a few different hiking trails to explore during your visit. The Tropical Hammock Trail is ideal if you want to learn about native plants, while the Fort View nature trail offers an outside view of the fort.
  • See below the surface scuba diving or snorkeling. If you’re planning on scuba diving in the coral reef, be sure to bring a dive flag. 
  • Guided tours are offered daily at 11 a.m. See the most extensive collection of seacoast guns on your tour. 

When planning your visit to the park, be sure to purchase your pass online before you go. 

Learn Something New on Your Next Florida Escape

A hotel room in Key West to relax in after exploring Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park,Whether you’re exploring Fort Zachary Taylor or riding the Conch Tour Train around Key West, there’s always something new to discover when you visit this Florida island. Sitting in a quiet corner of Old Town, Southernmost Inn is the ideal home base. 

What was once a Francisco Marrero cigar factory is now a quaint hotel featuring a variety of room types. Every room is designed to provide guests with a tranquil place to unwind after a day of adventuring. Our on-site amenities like hot tub and pools are designed to provide even more relaxation. Call 888-525-0037 to learn more about our historic inn or how to save on your stay.