In general, permits are needed whenever the possibility exists for disruption of visitor services, for damage to park resources, or if the activity is to take place in areas not open to the public or before or after normal visitation hours. Also, contact the Special Use Permit Coordinator for permission to commercially film park staff.
Examples where a permit is required include, but are not limited to, the following:
Weddings - No weddings may be held at the fort or on Rattlesnake Island. Locations which have been used in the past include the boardwalk nature trail, the picnic area, ocean beach, and river beach.
Other Permits --
Filming and Photography - A permit is required for filming or photography that involves the use of a model (or any on-camera talent), sets, props, or equipment that would exceed normal visitor use.
Research - A permit is required for any collection of data or physical items. Contact the Natural Resource Specialist for more information.
For questions regarding any of these special use permits at Fort Matanzas, e-mail the Fort Matanzas National Monument Special Use Coordinator.
School Group Reservations:
School and other groups are welcome. Times for School group tours are 9:45, 10:45, 11:45, 1:45, and 2:45 daily with no more than 36 people at each time. Not to be confused with the public tours which depart at half-past the hour. Please call the park at 904 471-0116 to make a reservation. For more information see the "For Teachers" page.
Last updated: August 20, 2020