Opening hours
Sunday 9:00AM - 5:30PM
Monday 9:00AM - 5:30PM
Tuesday 9:00AM - 5:30PM
Wednesday 9:00AM - 5:30PM
Thursday 9:00AM - 5:30PM
Friday 9:00AM - 5:30PM
Saturday 9:00AM - 5:30PM

National Monument

Coastal Florida was a major field of conflict as European nations fought for control in the New World. As part of this struggle, Fort Matanzas guarded St. Augustine’s southern river approach. The colonial wars are over, but the monument is still protecting—not just the historic fort, but also the wild barrier island and the plants and animals who survive there amidst a sea of modern development

Fort Matanzas is 14 miles south of Saint Augustine on State Route A1A.

Summers are hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers. Sunscreen, a hat, UV protective sunglasses, and are recommended. Drink plenty of water. Winters are cool to mild with some cold spells, especially with wind from the north or off the water. Fall and spring are temperate with temperatures around 70F-80F (21C-26C). During danger of lightning, the fort will be closed and ferry service will be suspended. June-November is hurricane season so check for tropical storms before visiting.

Entrance Fees

  • There is no fee for visiting any portion of Fort Matanzas.

Opening Hour Details

Fort Matanzas is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, December 25.