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  • Fort Matanzas National Monument

    Musket Firing Demonstrations

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM,12:00 PM to 12:30 PM,2:00 PM to 2:30 PM,4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
    • Location: Fort Matanzas Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, May 20, 2017

    Flintlock Firing Demonstrations

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  • Fort Matanzas National Monument

    Cultural Influences in the Spanish Colonial Kitchen

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Fort Matanzas Visitor Center
    • Fees: FREE
    Saturday, May 27, 2017

    Colonial style cooking demonstrations

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  • Fort Matanzas National Monument

    Hands-on- History & Nature Camp

    • Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Location: Fort Matanzas
    • Fees: $25.00
    Monday, June 5, 2017

    Interactive presentations, hands-on projects, games, and living history demonstrations. Students will have the opportunity to work on projects involving pottery, leather work, textiles, musket drills and more!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mailing Address:

8635 A1A South
Saint Augustine, FL 32080


(904) 471-0116

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