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Egmont Key State Park

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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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Reviewed 4 days ago

Great place to explore or spend a day on the beach. Lots of wildlife as well as history at this park

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Steve S
Reviewed November 5, 2018

When the Egmont Key Alliance is there, you can see the inside of the lighthouse, learn about the island's ecosystem, and the island's history. You can only get here by boat, but once you get here, it's worth it. Your day will be rustic, to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Knot_my_reel_name
Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

A fab day today on the ferry to egmont , a friendly bunch and a good service. A good day out on the water and visiting a near secluded island. A beautiful and interesting day. Thanks crew and captain

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank U8021PNjanef
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

I read all the reviews and although my teen wanted to go I hesitated. I even told her and a friend she was bringing to be prepared. I’d heard the women selling the tickets was rude and so were the ferry boat’s crew. They said...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank 2flyby
Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

As suggested on the website we made reservations ahead of time and used a credit card. It was $25 pp. We were told to be there 45 mins to 1 hr ahead of time. We arrived 50 mins before our scheduled time and the boat...More

Date of experience: May 2018
4  Thank PrincessLuvTraveling
Reviewed July 10, 2018

We left on the Tampa Ferry from Ft De Soto Park. The ride was 25 for adults and 12.50 for kids under 12. Ferry ride was fine, but when I purchased the tickets I asked about taking our own snorkeling gear, said it was fine...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Gail D
Reviewed June 4, 2018

Egmont Key contains many fond memories for me so it is a place we return to often. As a child I grew up with making overnight visits to the island, anchoring off the on the open waters at the entrance of Tampa Bay and waking...More

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank KenD939
Reviewed May 24, 2018

You can only reach Egmont Key by private boat or ferry. We take our boat out on calm days. The Gulf side beach is beautiful and pretty private. It has many different looks as you walk along. Some areas are nice for shelling, some for...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Cyndi L
Reviewed May 7, 2018

We drove up by boat from Siesta Key which took us about 1 hour and 45 minutes. When we got to Egmont Key, the water was calm and clear. We snorkeled around the rocks at the southern end of the key. I saw a barracuda,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank gl0baltraveler
Reviewed April 25, 2018 via mobile

Took a Ferry from the St. Petersburg area that did an hour exploring Egmont Key and an hour snorkeling. The water was incredibly clear and so pretty but there wasn’t much to look at on the island. I would do it again just for the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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luckepeny
June 19, 2018|
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Response from Robert H | Reviewed this property |
Hi luckepeny. Call the Park Service 727-893-2627 and they will give you all the details. You can also google Florida State Park Service/Egmont Key and that will take you to their site where you can communicate via email... More
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Adventure s
June 6, 2018|
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Response from Roxane10 | Reviewed this property |
I believe that you can as you are free to use the beaches around the island.
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Opulya
Villa Rica, Georgia
Egmont Key State Park (6 Replies)
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June 19, 2010|
Response fromMaya58|
Hi Opulya, Since you are planning to spend time at Ft DeSoto, I think the ferry that leaves from there would be the easiest way for you to go. It departs from the area near the old fort. It is well-marked with signs. The ferry departs at 10 AM and 11 AM, and returns at 2PM and 3PM. It cost $20 per person, last I knew. They charge an extra fee for snorkelling. Bring a watch - you definitely do not want to get stuck on the island! If St Pete Marine Patrol has to come out to pick you up,...More
Hexthorpe
Vancouver, Canada
Egmont and Fort Desoto state Parks (4 Replies)
I am going to be in Tampa for ten days during November. I am interesed in visiting Egmont Key state Park. I see it's necessary to take a ferry to the park. Could someonee please tell me, are these car ferries and how often do they run? In another thread a poster says that bicycles are available for rent at North beach, Fort Desoto. I know I would find that enjoyable but what is the beach like, can you swim there? Is there any snorkelling anywhere in Tampa or close to it ? My...More
October 03, 2005|
Response fromlove_florida|
I took a boat from Captain Frank's in St. Pete (877-2559-2646) to Egmont Key several years ago. No, it's not a car ferry as there are no roads on Egmont Key. We snorkeled, swam, shelled, and walked around the island while there. It was a lot of fun.
Kosta-Macedonia
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Egmont Key State Park (2 Replies)
I will be in St Pete Beach for four days, one of the day I want to visit Egmont Key State Park, i see a lot of diverse comments about this place. Do you recommend a visit? What's the best way to get there? Thank you
July 21, 2018|
Response fromKosta-Macedonia|
Thank you