Fort Zachary Taylor State Park

This year for spring break I went to Key West with nine of my friends. Smathers Beach was the typical hang out spot for all the college students that flooded to the southernmost city, but my friends and I loved the time we spent at Florida’s state park Fort Zachary Taylor.

The 54-acre park is absolutely stunning, and completely natural – no extra sand dumped onto the beach. There were wooded natural trails and plenty of trees to hang a hammock. We saw all sorts of shells, including whole conch shells. The park offered a gorgeous view of where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gulf of Mexico. Plus, unlike Smathers Beach, Fort Zachary Taylor actually had waves you could listen to while dozing on your beach towel.

In addition to the palm trees, cypresses and other plant life we saw, Fort Zachary Taylor was a great place for bird watching. My roommate, a wildlife biology major at UGA, had her ornithology field guide with her so we could identify birds that we didn’t know. We also got to see a group of dolphins pretty close to shore. I highly recommend checking out Fort Zachary Taylor to anyone who might be planning a trip to the Keys over the summer.

Did anyone else see some cool places over spring break?

-Rebecca Holton


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