Fort Matanzas National Monument

Historic Site, Park, and Scenic Lookout
8635 A1a S, St. Augustine, FL 32080, United States
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    • 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
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    • 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
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    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
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    • 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
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    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
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    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
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    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

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.


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    "Free ferry ride to Fort Matanzas, built by the Spanish in the 1700s"(2 Tips)
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  • Lisa C.

    Its free and a great piece of history

    Lisa Chamberland · October 5, 2014
  • rlwillis

    Small, but interesting, worth a quick visit.

    rlwillis · December 23, 2013
  • Ben H.

    One of the best tour sites around St. Augustine! Boats leave on the half hour. FREE!

    Ben Heilman · July 28, 2013
  • Clay H.

    Ferry leaves on the bottom of the hour. Do the nature trail (10-15 min) to kill time.

    Clay Henson · April 9, 2013
  • Marcus R.

    Spectacular views with a nice ocean breeze.

    Marcus Robinson · June 25, 2012
  • Stacie C.

    Climb the ladder up to the roof. It's a great view!

    Stacie Cregg · March 16, 2012
  • Chapman

    Probably the prettiest place I visited in all of the St Augustine area.

    Chapman · February 24, 2012
  • Jim B.

    Be sure to take the ferry ride across the inlet.

    Jim B · January 24, 2012
  • Kevin L.

    See the horned grey owls. Worth the stop.

    Kevin Lively · November 26, 2011
  • Allison W.

    Awesome free national park... donate some $ in the visitors center & enjoy learning about a national treasure ... History dating back to the beginning of America

    Allison Williams · June 19, 2011
  • Justin T.

    Something great and free that the whole family can enjoy. Great pictures can be taken on the beach to get onto the ferry and from the grassy areas surrounding the fort.

    Justin T. · August 28, 2010
  • Matt L.

    Free ferry ride to Fort Matanzas, built by the Spanish in the 1700s

    Matt Larson · May 2, 2010