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Fort Matanzas National Monument will be offering evening Torchlight Tours on Saturday, January 10, 2015. The tours will include a nighttime ferry ride to Fort Matanzas and a step back in time. Upon arrival at Fort Matanzas, visitors will enter the year 1743 and meet Spanish soldados stationed to keep watch over and defend the southern approach to St. Augustine. Each tour will include an 18th century cannon firing demonstration.
Tours will depart the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center dock at 6:00, 6:45, 7:30, and 8:15 pm. Advanced tickets are required. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 904-829-6506, x232 or at the ticket booth located at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St. Augustine. Only payments via credit or debit card is accepted. The cost is $8.00 per adult, $4.00 for children 6 to 15, and free of charge for children 5 and under.
All ticket holders must check in and collect their ticket at the Fort Matanzas visitor center on the day of the event, at least 30 minutes before the intended tour. Each tour will be limited to 30 visitors. Tickets cannot be exchanged for a later tour due to limited availability.
The park is located 14 miles south of St. Augustine on Anastasia Island and four miles south of Route 206 on Highway A1A. For additional information, call 904-471-0116 or www.nps.gov/foma.