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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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  • Egmont is rich with history, beautiful beaches and wonderful wildlife. Captain Frank gave us a lot information and spots to see before we stepped of his boat. The shelling was amazing. Even when the w...  more »
  • Egmont key is a nice little island. It's secluded and the only way to get there is with a boat. We took a ferry from Fort De Soto Park. There are historic forts (only one that you can actually walk th...  more »
  • Short boat ride to get there from Desoto park. No restrooms on island. Make sure you take drinks with you! Lighthouse, cemetery, ruins. Bird sanctuary on island that's off limits. Beautiful uncrowded ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • The water was beautiful, got there by ferry. Saw dolphins jumping into the waves in front of a ship. The lighthouse was nice and love the Forts. Definitely worth the time and money. Had a great time took plenty pictures.
  • My favorite Park in the area. Beautiful beaches and the best boat ramp in the area. Camp ground is awesome.
  • Historic island. Ferry rides to the island or travel by personal boat. No dogs allowed. Lighthouse, Fort Dade, historic buildings, very many shells on beach, swimming. Recent fire damage from lightning strike.
  • Great place to bring the family or relax with friends. There is an off limits bird sanctuary and the whole island has that majestic Florida effect.