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  • Fort Matanzas National Monument

    Life & Times of the 18th Century Soldier

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Everyday from 12/27/2016 to 03/01/2017

    Soldier Encampment

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  • Fort Matanzas National Monument

    Musket Firing Demonstrations

    • Location: Fort Matanzas Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 02/11/2017 to 02/26/2017

    Flintlock Firing Demonstrations

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  • Fort Matanzas National Monument

    Whale Watch & Ranger Walk

    • Location: NPS Ocean Beach side of Anastasia Island
    • Fees: FREE
    Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Walk the beach with a Park Ranger. Look off shore for possible Right Whale sightings.

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  • Fort Matanzas National Monument

    Colonial Kitchen

    • Location: Fort Matanzas Visitor Center
    • Fees: FREE
    Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Colonial style cooking demonstrations

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  • Fort Matanzas National Monument

    Inlet Beach Walk - Guided

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: River Side Boardwalk - Fort Matanzas
    • Fees: Free
    Monday, March 6, 2017

    Hikers will see seashells and seabirds, learn about coquina stone, dune vegetation, heavy minerals, mollusks, the cool habits of crabs, and much more.

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  • Fort Matanzas National Monument

    Fort Matanzas Bird Walk

    • Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Fort Matanzas National Monument, Meet at Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, March 11, 2017

    Bird walk through the diverse habitat of Fort Matanzas National Monument.

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  • Fort Matanzas National Monument

    Inlet Beach Walk - Guided

    • Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Location: River Side Boardwalk - Fort Matanzas
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Hikers will see seashells and seabirds, learn about coquina stone, dune vegetation, heavy minerals, mollusks, the cool habits of crabs, and much more.

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Encampment
Display of soldier personal items and a box of artillery shots.

NPS Photo

Happening Every Day

The tours to Fort Matanzas may be temporally down due to damage from Hurricane Matthew, but that does not stop us from bringing the 18th Century to life. Park staff and re-enactors will be showing off various tools and tricks of the colonial life. See what a soldier carried in his backpack. Get an up close look at a Spanish flintlock musket and watch it fire. Look into the shot locker and learn about the many uses of cannons of the time. On some days we also demonstrate bullet making over a fire. Also ask about a guided walk to view the fort from across the Matanzas River.

Musket firing and bullet making demonstrations are subject to weather conditions and staffing.

If you're interested in volunteering at the park and joining our re-enactors click HERE.

 
Explore the various habitats on a ranger-led walk.

NPS Photo

Fort Matanzas National Monument frequently presents ranger or volunteer-led Nature Programs. These programs can vary in physical exertion from a stationary program in the picnic area, a short walk on one of the park's nature trails or a 2 mile hike along the park's beaches. Check the above calendar for specific details and dates for these programs.

 
Visitors see a large variety of birds on the monthly bird walk.

NPS Photo

Bird Walks are usually presented on the second or third Saturday of each month. Led by a member of the Audubon Society, these walks are from 9:30 to 11:30 and meet at the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center. Check the above calendar for specific dates.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

8635 A1A South
Saint Augustine, FL 32080

Phone:

(904) 471-0116
Our phone is live answered during regular working hours.

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