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“Experience a deserted island feeling. .. and the beauty.”

Egmont Key State Park
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Private Snorkeling to Egmont and Shell Keys with Walking Tour
Ranked #1,203 of 5,080 things to do in Florida
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Owner description: Visitors to this island can visit its great beaches and explore the ruins of Fort Dade, a Civil War fort.
Wall, Texas
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245 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Experience a deserted island feeling. .. and the beauty.”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

If you are able-- please visit Eggmont Keys. Lots of shelling, snorkling, picnic, bird watching, great beach time, amazing tropical vegetation, sea tortoise sightings, the fort ruins, lovely light house. .. and more. A wonderful family outing. Be outdoors and experience something like Gilligan's Island but with true historic value. Will not disappoint you. Take plenty of water and sun screen. Lots of dolphins on the way there and other sea life. Keep your eyes open. .. what a treat. Plus, the water is gorgeous blue and clear.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Bree G
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Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Breathtaking Color of Gulf, Serene Beach”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

You have to go to this place to experience the beauty. We took the Tampa Bay Ferry from Fort De Soto state park which took us to Egmont Key. We took the 11 AM ferry. It is about a 15-20 minutes boat ride. The color of the water is breathtaking.

The captain was in a good mood to drop us in the beach near the sunken ruins which was less crowded than the main part. It was like our own private beach. The dead trees created a hevenly view. The wack back from there to the main part of the key by the beach was awesome. We also took a detour through the ghost town which was a unique experience. The boat picked us up at 2:30 PM.

On our return trip, we say dolphins. what a bonus!! The captain followed the dolphins for around 20-30 minutes which we cannot appreciate enough.

I think this is one must thing all should do when in the Tampa / St. Petersburg area.

Visited March 2014
3 Thank Enamul H
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424 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
“Absolutely beautiful”
Reviewed 20 December 2013 via mobile

Rented a pontoon boat and took the family there.....it is beautiful.
Lots and lots of shells, a nearly perfect white sand beach, and we had the whole place to ourselves!
Easy to reach by boat, lots of places to beach the boat, and lovely island trails.
The fort and lighthouse are very cool...wrought with history and interesting times!
A great place to visit!

1 Thank Mjldly
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Viera, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Egmont Ferry and Egmont Lighthouse”
Reviewed 1 September 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our time on the water and on Egmont Key. My husband and I love lighthouses and always get our lighthouse passports stamped when we visit one. On this trip, the lighthouse was closed, which is where the stamp is located. The Park Rangers were kind enough to go into the lighthouse and get the stamp for us so we could stamp our passports. The snorkeling was a lot of fun! I've read reviews where people say visibility was poor at best, but that was not our experience at all! We saw an array of fish along with a few stingrays. The Captain and crew of the Egmont Ferry were fantastic! They pointed out interesting and historical places and were friendly and accommodating. A great way to spend a few hours!

Visited September 2013
5 Thank Brenda B
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Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Simply Paradise”
Reviewed 14 August 2013

Accessible only by boat or ferry from Fort Desoto ($20) Egmont Key is an island rich with wildlife and history. Part of the island is a bird sanctuary that is home to over 33,000 nesting pairs of shorebirds from Laughing Gulls to Pelicans and several kinds of Terns. You will also find the highly threatened Gopher Tortoise roaming the island. This year there were 83 sea turtle nests as well. It is also rich in American history. There you will find ruins of forts built during the Spanish American War and a lighthouse built in the 1940's. The beaches are pristine with pure white sand and great for finding sharks teeth. Do not miss this opportunity, it may not be here after the next big hurricane! The island is disappearing quickly from erosion despite efforts by the Egmont Key Alliance. If you enjoy your stay you can sign a petition asking for Federal funding at saveegmontkey.com.

Visited August 2013
6 Thank lizqueenbee
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