Egmont Key Tours
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Egmont Key off St. Petersburg, Florida is a tiny island with a grandiose past that’s only accessible by boat. This 450-acre island was used as a jail for Seminoles, and was held by the Union in the Civil War for its strategic location in the bay. With the threat of war against the Spanish in 1898, a fort was built on the seashell shore to guard against potential attack, and stands today as concrete reminder of the island’s historic past. When visiting Egmont Key today on a boat ride from Fort DeSoto Beach, pack along shoes to enjoy the hiking trails that weave through the island’s interior, and keep a lookout for gopher tortoises that inhabit the sandy the island. Also bring your bathing suit, of course, for wading in the cerulean waters, and sunscreen to keep your skin protected while lounging out on the beach. Towards the end of the island is Egmont Key Lighthouse, which has stoically stood here since 1858 as an aid to passing ships. Today it’s one of the only structures that still remain on the key, which is a calming retreat of seashells and wilderness just minutes from bustling Tampa Bay.
Egmont Key is a Florida State Park and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are no shops or facilities on the island, so you’ll have bring everything with you, including food, water, sunscreen, and anything you need for the beach. From March-September ferries run twice per day, departing Fort DeSoto at 10am and 11am, returning at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. From after Labor Day through the end of February, one ferry per day runs at 11am, returning at either 3pm or 2pm depending on the time of year.
Address: St. Petersburg, Florida, USA 33711, USA
Hours: Open daily 8am-Sunset
Admission: Prices vary from $15/ferry ticket to fares for a private boat
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Egmont Key
Tour and snorkel Beautiful and Historic Egmont Key! We offer a fun educational experience the entire family can enjoy. Captain will give you a history narration of the island when we approach the island. Snorkel the ruins or grass flats, they both have unique differences (SNORKELING GEAR INCLUDED). Excellent customer service. Our boats are Luxury and new, with a 45 minute cruise to the BIG ISLAND. Our Captain's specialize in encouraging the Dolphin to jump behind the boat. This is not a guarantee to see wild dolphin however we almost always see them. Other wildlife is prevalent in the era, MANATEES, sea turtles, fish, land turtles, and of course birds. All of our tours are semi-private to private group charters. Awesome location with better quality equipment than our competitors. Ask about a free pint after the tour.
Jump aboard the Everglades 243 (bay boat) for an exciting day on the beautiful St.Pete/Tampa waters! Visit some our beautiful surround islands, this includes: Shell Key, Egmont Key, Passage Key and the John Pass area. Trips can be customized to your liking. Prepare for a great boating day no matter what areas we visit!
Jump aboard the Everglades 243 (bay boat) for an exciting day on the beautiful St.Pete/Tampa waters! Trips can be customized to you and your guests needs. We have optional Stand-Up Paddle Boards (2) that can be included as part of this trip. Additionally, we can add the "All-Inclusive" option where all food and drinks are included. Visit some our beautiful surround islands, this includes: Shell Key, Egmont Key, Passage Key and the John Pass area. Trips can be customized to your liking. Prepare for a great boating day no matter what areas we visit!
Frequently Asked Questions
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What are Egmont Key hours of operation?
Egmont Key hours of operation: Open daily 8am-Sunset. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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