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Egmont Key State Park, Florida

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Egmont Key State Park is a Florida State Park located on Egmont Key, at the mouth of Tampa Bay, in the state of Florida, United States. It lies southwest of Fort De Soto Park and can only be reached by boat or ferry. The Egmont Key Lighthouse and the ruins of Fort Dade, a Spanish–American War era fort, are located in the park. Egmont Key is in Hillsborough County in a narrow strip of the county that extends along the Tampa Port Shipping Channel.Located on the south end of the island is the Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge, which was established in 1974. It is one of the three 'Tampa Bay Refuges' and is administered as a part of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge Complex.Egmont Key was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on December 11, 1978.FaunaAmong the wildlife in the park are gopher tortoises, hummingbirds, and seabirds.Recreational activitiesActivities include sunbathing, swimming, shelling, boating, picnicing, snorkeling,touring the fort, and wildlife viewing. Amenities include beaches, nature trails, and picnic tables. Food, water, and restrooms are not available in the park. No alcoholic beverages or pets of any kind are permitted on the island.
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  • We'll do this again!!!! Walk from nearby development or take the Egmont Key Shuttle Ferry. A grand day on the key highlighted by shelling (no LIVE shelling please) and bathtub warm water. Terrific vie...  more »
  • Booked ferry thru hubbards marina.make sure to bring cash to pay at kiosk and to tip the captain.lots of turtles. What my kid liked best was swimming and snorkeling and shelling. Lots of great photo o...  more »
  • We had a blast clear skies beautiful day and into degrees August 5, 2017 great day saw lots of turtles and fish  more »
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  • Take the ferry and do the snorkeling tour. It is a shallow (15ft) snorkel and is great for all skill levels. The Ruins on the west side of the island are pretty awesome to check out. Since the beach has been eroding the Ruins that people dive through actually used to be located on land. If you decide to walk the island, you WILL see some amazing wildlife as well as a 150 year old lighthouse. This place does have bird and turtle nesting grounds so do not cross into areas that are roped off. However, 90% of the island is explorable. Definitely worth the cost of the ferry to check this place out. One of St Pete's hidden gems. I know some local residents that haven't even been here yet. Truly amazing place!
  • We love Egmont Key. The museum is wonderful. Usually open on weekends and most days during the high season. Usually open until 2 or 3. The battery on the northern tip of island is the most interesting. And the 1858 lighthouse is worth a look as well. Be prepared; there are no bathroom facilities on the island.
  • Beautiful park with fabulous beaches and cool discoveries to be made on the inside of you are a little adventurous! Great place to anchor up on the inside and let the kids enjoy the water.
  • The beaches are beautiful and not crowded at all, even during spring break. You can walk around the old fort and ruins of the town and soak up some history too. We took a ferry boat over from Fort DeSoto which was reasonably priced, and you can add a boxed lunch (including a couple of bottles of water, which you'll need) for a little more. This and nearby Shell Key are two beach destinations I would recommend for anyone who wants to avoid the endless sea of beach towels at the more popular public beaches.
  • My uncle has the prefect little cottage out there, its beautiful, i found some sea urchins and a Lion Fish!!! Beautiful!!! People need to stop trashing this island I picked up a whole trash bag full while swimming!

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