Egmont Key State Park
Egmont Key State Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Visitors to this island can visit its great beaches and explore the ruins of Fort Dade, a Civil War fort.
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Nancy G
Florida21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
We had a lovely day at Egmont Key via the Hubbards marina ferry. This was my 3rd trip to egmont key! I just love it there! Our captains, art and zip were excellent hosts. If you’ve never been to Egmont Key it’s worth a trip. The island does not have any facilities so pack for your day. Bring water, sunscreen and a snack at a minimum. Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, because you will be entering the ferry from the beach and exiting on the beach. Your feet will get wet! The island is completely primitive i.e. no electric no running water no bathrooms. It was formally a fort as well as other things like a hide out for rum runners and moon shiners. It is now mostly a bird sanctuary. There’s part of the island that are off-limits to humans but they are well marked. You can either spend your day at the beach, go shelling or you can explore the ruins and dream about how life was like there. On the way in, Captain Zip gave us a brief history of the island. On the way back, since we all were assembled on time, Capt Art took us to the southern tip of the island and showed us more of the island that I had never experienced before. We looked for dolphins and manatees in the sea grass and even saw a huge sea turtle! All in all a great day!
Written May 2, 2021
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Rob 10K
Ottawa, Canada260 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
It is a very beautiful little Island that you could probably walk around in a couple of hours. There are some naval gun battery fortifications to visit, but these are a little rundown and might not be easily accessible for older people. Very nice beaches, but I recommend visiting in the winter months when the water is calmer, and there are fewer mosquitoes. There is a lighthouse that you can take some photographs of and there is also the remains of a town that was burnt to the ground though only one building has been rebuilt and the town is basically streets and building foundations. These are all overgrown and the only creatures living there are turtles Birds and a lot of mosquitoes. A great place to snorkel in the winter, but not the summer. I would also say that snorkeling there might be a challenge as there are dozens and dozens of boats anchored off the island and it might actually be tough to find a place to snorkel. We went on a Friday so I imagine the situation is even worse on a Saturday and Sunday. However, the ferry over from Fort De Soto state park is enjoyable, and we did get to see at least a dozen dolphins. The ferry is not free. It’s run by a company called Hubbards and cost roughly $45 per person. It’s actually cheaper to buy it at the park itself then online because online you get charged service fees. Overall nice place to visit, but not secluded and there are an awful lot of boats.
Written June 22, 2024
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Wendy N
Kissimmee, FL764 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
At certain times of the year this place can feel like you are the only ones there. The beach is sugar sand and the historic Fort Dade is a delightful walking tour. The gopher tortoises are everywhere. A little hidden gem if you hit it in the off season. The ferry over was well narrated and the crew were good hosts. Would love to go back again!
Written January 7, 2022
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Brian H
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Captain art was amazing and made our experience well worth while! We got to see a fisherman catch a huge terrapin. Egmont key is beautiful and captain Art was very knowledgeable about the area. I think his mate was named Robin and i apologize if I’m wrong but she was awesome too! Very kind and personable!
Written June 12, 2021
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flashsam7267
Knaresborough, UK3,389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Visited Egmont while on a private boat tour (highly recommend 'Island time boat tours' with Matt and Beth!)

We got dropped at the shore and spent an hour wandering round the island.
We visited the lighthouse and the fort ruins
But what I really wanted to see was the gopher tortoise, and we were not disappointed.

Saw a few tortoises around. One was on a path we wanted to walk on. Decided to go a different way so we didn't disturb the tortoise at which point it ran towards us, went past, crossed the path behind us then started eating. Luckily I filmed the whole thing!

Then walking down a path we heard a rustling noise. We hear this all the time and it's always just a lizard. But on this occasion it was a tiny baby gopher tortoise! Not even 10cm long and was moving along right by the path. Stood for ages taking photos/videos and it was the highlight of our day!

Definitely recommend a visit here.
Written April 29, 2022
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Eric W
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Perfect family day. We got to fish, explore, skim board, nice beach. When the kids want to see more, go hike the battery, check out tortoises and racer snakes. Only negative is do not bring dogs, they aren't allowed on island. We left our puppy at home, but did see ranger enforcing rules on others. Also, no drinking beer on island and they do check.
Written May 21, 2024
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Kelly
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
The captain and his team were very, very kind. But it was disappointing to have to drift around in the boat, right near the Key to try and find manatee’s. And then have to get back to the boat by 2:15, to drift around the water for 45 minutes, looking for manatees again, before we got back to the drop off point. I think we personally would have liked to stay on the beach longer and skip the drifting since we took the ferry to spend time on Ergmont Key.
Written October 21, 2021
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Mike mike
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
There are NO toilet facilities for your 3 hours on the island, although there are on the boat which leaves as soon as you depart.

It’s a very pleasant boat ride of about 3 miles to Egmont Key. If you hurry, you can visit the two main batteries, walk the entire red brick road and stroll back along the beach. There are many small placards (some in not so great condition) with interesting Egmont history to read along the way, but keep track of time lest you miss the ferry!

Once off the beach, most of the walkways are wide, paved or brick roads. But, for a little more off the beaten track adventure, stroll down the dirt path at the first battery and see some cool ruins that have been engulfed by the “jungle” including the mine storage facility.

We’ve taken the Hubbards Ferry four twice this year and twice last year. It is GREAT, and lands you on the DRY beach; no wading with Hubbards!
Written April 29, 2024
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Robin S
Walled Lake, MI415 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Peaceful, relaxing day walking the island. We have been to many Forts around the country, This one would rate a 7. Not much of the town left, a few concrete buildings and foundations. The old brick roads are in great shape for their age. Wish we could build roads like that now. The beaches are very nice. A lot of small shells, shark teeth on the beach. Came across 3 tortoise There were only 40 people on the ferry so once you get to the Island, it is not crowded. We probably walked for an hour before we saw anyone else. No bugs to speak of in January, But wear sun block. Great ride on the ferry, will do a separate review.
Written January 25, 2023
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caseylee7177
Lido Key, FL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Solo
Today is got to experience of the most peaceful moments of my life.. I boarded the tampa Bay Ferry. And the Captain's Todd and Erica...had such a positive vibe about them. ..they were very Friendly, Knowledgeable and Professional...In all of my Travelings ..This is one my new Favorites.. And I will spread the word around. And Make sure they ask For Todd and Erica.. Thank you so much for such a great Experience...I will Definitely Be Back
Written June 19, 2020
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