Hurricane Matthew came through a few months before we visited Fort Matanzas in December 2016, which caused quite a bit of damage to this park- both beach boardwalks, and the ferry dock at the visitor's center. Unfortunately, because we weren't able to actually get over to the monument, I only have these two pictures.
Also, because of time constraints, we couldn't walk around the national park grounds that were available to us, so no pictures from that either. However, I would definitely recommend going to the park once the ferry service is reopened so you can get to see the entire park grounds. (The ferry service is completely free, and there is no charge for admission!) If you visit and decide to walk around the grounds via their nature trail, make sure you bring bug repellant... I got bit like 10 times just standing around for 5 minutes.
The fort was built to guard St. Augustine's southern river approach, constructed roughly around 1765 and it was neat to see Castillo de San Marcos and then come over to the other side of St. Augustine and learn a bit about this monument as well, since they worked in tandem.
While we were there, we got 2 stamps for our passport book, spoke with the Park Rangers for a bit, and watched their 10 minute video about the park. My biggest takeaway was that 'Matanzas' means slaughters in Spanish. After bringing that up to the Park Ranger, she told me that they have a ton of businesses and things named after it... like Matanzas High School.
Have you ever been to the monument or hiked the trail? What did you think of it?