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Egmont Key State Park
4.5
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 9:00 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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KAC689
Chicago, IL60 contributions
We took the Hubbard's Marina Ferry to Egmont Key and had a fun time. Based on other reviews I (mistakenly) thought it wouldn't be crowded. We went on a Sunday in May and there were at least 20 boats anchored by the beach and lots of people on the island. The highlight was the group of manatees which swam within 20 feet of the beach for a while. The water was pretty and it was fun to walk around. We brought snorkeling gear but unfortunately it was too cloudy to snorkel. We didn't have a car so we took an uber from our hotel to the ferry. This was not a good idea since the ferry departs from a pier within DeSoto State Park so it costs $5 to drive in. The pay station is about a mile from the pier, so on the way back we walked the mile and ordered an Uber from the pay station.
Written May 26, 2021
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David W
Spokane, United States10 contributions
My wife and I took the Hubbard Marina Ferry hosted by Captain Art and his second hand, Zip. Both were incredible hosts and took excellent care of us as well as were informative guides with lots of knowledge.
Egmont Key Island is certainly a very remote place with no services so make sure you pack food, proper attire and protection for being in the sun since there is little to no shade. Your only means of cooling off is to go into the water. The island is pretty much a bird sanctuary with many species to view.
We enjoyed walking along the beach and viewing the many birds, having a picnic lunch, swimming and exploring the ruins on the island.
The highlight of our trip was to see a couple of manatees swimming near our boat. Captain Art took special care and gave us the thrill of approaching cautiously approaching the manatees for picture opportunities. Highly recommend this trip, especially on a sunny day when it is not painfully hot :-)
KUDOS TO CAPTAIN ART AND ZIP!! Thank you-
Written July 13, 2021
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Nancy G
Florida22 contributions
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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Wendy N
Kissimmee, FL616 contributions
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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Melissa
Piqua, OH109 contributions
Family
Our family of 4 loved our time spent here! Our tickets were $25 per adult and $12.50 per kid for the ferry ride to get there and back. We booked it online. The captain and Tony were great! Very friendly and informative and gave the kids a shark tooth they had found! The waves were rough because of high winds but our 8 year old son loved it! We boarded the ferry at 11am and got back to the same spot by 2:05 pm. Re-boarded the ferry from the key at 1:45pm to go back. Wish we could’ve stayed on the island longer but we had a lot of fun in the time allotted. Saw 2 dolphins briefly on the way to the key! Sooo many shells everywhere! At 1st we found small conch type shells that had parts broken but the further we headed the better shape those shells were! Lots of big shells too! The old buildings/rubble were neat to see and also the lighthouse. We saw 2 tortoises! Loved going here with my family!
Written February 5, 2020
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flashsam7267
Knaresborough, UK2,180 contributions
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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Brian H
5 contributions
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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Kelly
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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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LauraK
Wylie, TX10 contributions
Family
Absolutely gorgeous island. We rented a boat and stayed for several hours out here. Swim out to shallow Sandune‘s. Explored the ruins on the island. Not many shelves where we were… But a manatee came right up to our boat! Magical experience!
Written July 23, 2022
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Golferjosh
83 contributions
We were looking for a getaway from just swimming in the ocean while on Anna Maria island and found this little boat adventure that took us to the island with this state park on it. Checking out the fort's and the lighthouse was pretty cool and the little trails throughout the island. Water was very good to swim in as well. Captain Orca was our boat captain and he got us there and back with no issues.
Written October 14, 2021
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