Ferry Service to the Fort Suspended
The boat service to Fort Matanzas National Monument is currently on hold. The park Visitor Center and surrounding grounds are still open. Check back here for future alerts.
A Timeless Vigil
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. The colonial wars are over, but the monument is still protecting—not just the historic fort, but also the wild barrier island and the plants and animals who survive there amidst a sea of modern development.Read More
Did You Know?
The Spanish planted yucca around their forts and on top of protective walls. Yucca aloifolia grows in thickets reaching 20 feet tall. The trunk is armed with two-foot-long needle-sharp pointed leaves thus earning it the name "Spanish Bayonet". Ft Matanzas National Monument, Florida