Fort Taylor, a 19th-century coastal defense fortress provided significant contributions throughout the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II and is now designated a National Historic Landmark. This southernmost state park offers daily fort tours at noon and 2 p.m. and scheduled special events. Popular as the best beach in Key West where visitors can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing and picnicking. Corals and numerous fish can be seen within the swimming area. Shaded picnic areas with grills and tables are available. The park concession offers food, gifts, sundries and beach rentals. Also offering unobstructed views of Key West sunsets. The park is open daily 8 a.m. - sunset.