Location and Entry
There are an abundance of things to see and do at the Fort Taylor Pyrate Invasion! From 17th Century Buccaneers to 19th Century Wreckers, there will be plenty of pirates on hand to answer your questions. Learn about life at sea, view and interact with their various historical displays, experience land/sea pirate battles and shop along merchants' row. Whether it's learning how to be a pirate, digging for buried treasure or hunting down your favorite pirates, there are plenty of activities for the whole family.
The Invasion takes place at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. To get to the park, take US Highway 1 south to Whitehead Street. Turn Right at Whitehead Street. Turn left at Southard Street and go through the Truman Annex until Southard Street ends at a large open area. Turn Left and follow the signs to Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park.
To view a larger, interactive version of the map at left, click the map image or this link.
Photo: Nicole Andreyko Chapman
The Fort Taylor Invasion Pass is free with your State Park admission. Donations to "The Friends of Fort Taylor" are greatly appreciated.
If you are in need of a place to stay for the event, Premier Event Sponsor Courtyard Key West Waterfront is offering discount rates on rooms at $119 a night. To make reservations please contact the Anne Perina and ask for the "pirate rate." The best way to reach Anne is via email. You can also contact the hotel directly at (305) 296-6595, although email is the preferred contact method..
There will be several events going on during the day at the Fort Taylor Pyrate Invasion, including living history presentations throughout the encampment. Learn about the life of the pirates, sailing, navigation, cooking, medicine and weapons. You will also find shops filled with pirate goodies, strolling minstrels, and exciting black powder cannon and small arms demonstrations as well as tours of Fort Zachary Taylor.
Land/Sea Pirate Battles
Friday, December 5th - Sunday, December 7th, 2pm
Photo: Don Dunbar Who will rule Fort Taylor? The redcoats? The invading pirates? The question is answered in three days of battles as the British attempt to defend our beloved Fort against an invasion of pirates. The battle will take place daily on the field behind the fort. Get a field-wide view by looking down at the battle from the Fort wall or see what it’s like from the ground, watching from the edges of the battle field as the struggle plays out before you! And this is not just a battle by land, but several schooners and tall ships will be joining the fray from the sea. Cheer on your side and see who will be flying their flag high over the Fort at the end of each battle.
Photo: Raphael Mission
Want to join the pirate crews invading from the sea? You can book passage on one of our participating ships and have a front row seat! Contact:
- Danger Charters or call (305) 304-7999
- Schooner Jolly II Rover or call (800) 979-3370
- Schooner Wolf or call (305) 296-9694
Which side will be victoriously flying their flag high over the Fort at the end of each battle? Will the British or the pirates win the day on Sunday during the final and most explosive pirate battle on the East Coast? Come to Fort Zachary Taylor and find out!
Friday, December 5th, 7pm - 11pm
Photo: Raphael MissionEvery seadog worth his salt is setting course for Cayo Hueso's pirate party of the year. It's the 2013 Buccaneer Ball, presented by the Friends of Fort Taylor and the Key West Art & Historical Society. Join us for an evening of fun and merriment at the Fort East Martello. Dance the night away to the music of the legendary pirate band, the Brigands! Enjoy scrumptious hors d'oeuvres from some of Key West's finest eateries! Wear your grandest pirate attire
Photo: Don Dunbar
Auctioneer William Pace
for the best dressed pirate & wench contest! And make sure you don't miss the Anything-But-Silent Auction including some of the most sought after items on the seven seas.
Surrender the booty! Tickets are just $20 per person. You must be 21 or older to attend, pirate attire preferred. Don't be a scallywag! Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Location: Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West
Sunday, December 7th, 10am - 5pm
Join us for a fun filled day for the little swashbucklers. Kids Day will feature an interactive show with Presenting the Past and
Photo: Raphael Mission
a Pirate Puppet Show with the Pirates of the Dark Rose. Watch the kiddies become part of the fun and antics. They'll learn how to act like a pirate, what life on a ship was like, how to fire the cannons and then hunt for pirate treasure! Don't forget your camera!
- Cannon Lessons for Little Swashbucklers
- Costume Contests
- Life as a Pirate Interactive Kids Show
- Pirate & Treasure Hunts
- Pirate Puppet Show
- Tales from the Sea with Topsail Bill
For more information on the the fun, check out the Entertainment page!
Photo: DB Couper
Photo: DB Couper
Photo: Papa Ratsey