Fort Matanzas National Monument

Location: south of St. Augustine, Florida
Date: January 1, 2014

Fort Matanzas

View from the fort's roof

Fort Matanzas is a fort constructed in 1740 by the Spanish along the Matanzas River on Florida's Atlantic coast. The only way to visit the fort is by a boat that the National Park Service operates from the visitor center across the river. The boat ride was a bit wet thanks to the rain, wind, and open air nature of the boat. But once at the fort you are free to walk around the area, into the forts two rooms, and climb the ladder to its roof. Park rangers are there to talk about the fort and answer questions before the returning. The entire trip lasted probably about one hour, and I stopped here after visiting Castillo de San Marcos and the St. Augustine Light earlier in the day.

The fort from the boat dock

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