Operating Hours & Seasons
L. Chandler -- NPS Photo
Fort Matanzas National Monument is open to the public from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM every day of the year except December 25. Free Boarding Passes may be needed during busy times. Check at the visitor center.
There is no charge for the ferry service, but during busy times, please stop at the visitor center to pick up free boarding passes. Everyone riding the boat needs a pass, including babies and children. Animals, except for service animals, are not allowed in the visitor center, on the boat, or at the fort.
* For visitor safety, ferry service will shut down during lightning storms and very windy conditions.
Weather and Climate:
Winters are generally cool to mild with occasional cold spells, especially with the wind from the north or off the water. The most temperate periods are the fall and spring seasons when temperatures regularly hover around 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 26 degrees Celsius).
During thunderstorms, because of the danger of lightning, the fort will be closed to visitors, and ferry service will be suspended until the storm has moved out of the area.
June through November is hurricane season so be sure to check for tropical storms before visiting.
Did You Know?
Tax Evasion: The Spanish King received a quinto, a 20% tax, on all cargoes of private ships. Archaeology has found that much more was transported than archive invoices show. Merchants resorted to smuggling to transport their riches untaxed. Ft Matanzas National Monument, Florida