FORT REOPENING! Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine reopens Oct. 21, 2020

New hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Wednesday through Sunday

St. Augustine, FL – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and national, state, and local public health authorities, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument is increasing recreational access and services. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, Castillo de San Marcos will be open Wednesday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The fort will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. A maximum capacity of 100 visitors in the historic fort at any time will be in effect. Normal entrance fees apply: $15 for adults (16 and older), Free for children 15 and under (must be accompanied by an adult). Federal Recreation Passes are also accepted. Only credit/debit cards will be accepted for payment. No cash will be accepted. Please note that all visitors must wait in the designated line for fort admission.

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Castillo de San Marcos, our operational approach continues to be centered on examining each facility function and service to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and are regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public areas and workspaces are safe and clean. For these reasons, formal programs and historic weapons demonstrations remain suspended.

The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

A safe and enjoyable park experience begins at home. The NPS encourages visitors to plan their visit by checking the park’s website and social media for current conditions and travel tips. The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We ask the public to be our partner in recreating responsibly, by following CDC and state and local guidance, social distancing, and wearing a face covering when social distance cannot be maintained.

Park visitors are also encouraged to download the FREE Castillo de San Marcos park app, available for both iPhone and Android. This app provides additional information to enhance visitor experience at the park. Visitors are also invited to try our mobile website on personal devices to gain access to even more materials including virtual tours, videos, site bulletins, and more.

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