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Egmont Key State Park

At the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort DeSoto Beach, St. Petersburg, Florida 34698 USA

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“unique cultural & natural histories”

Although this park is primarily a wildlife refuge, it can be a personal refuge - a place to relax and collect shells along secluded, pristine beaches. Accessible only by private boat, Egmont Key has a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858. During the 19th century, the island served as a camp for captured Seminoles at the end of the Third Seminole War and was later occupied by the Union Navy during the Civil War. In 1898, as the Spanish - American War threatened, Fort Dade was built on the island and remained active until 1923. After touring the historic sites and trails, visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing, and picnicking. Located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort DeSoto Beach. Access to the island is by private boat or ferry from nearby Fort De Soto Park.

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Reviewed by
R.L.

  • 4 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
January 25, 2017
Rated 5.0

Haven't written a review in a while so here goes! Made a trip to Indian Rocks beach over the summer. This was one of the places we went to on our trip. I will say if I go back I will spend WAY more than just one day here. The place is fantastic. As always here is a video of the place for those interested

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kkojX-B5TM

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Greek_nomad

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September 10, 2014
Rated 5.0

We heard from some friends about this paradise island named Egmont Key State Park, so we decided to explore it ourselves.

The ferry took as to the island,(not such an expensive fee compared on what you see there) and when we got there we realized why our friends insisted so much on visiting it.

This island is just a paradise for great family or solo escapes! When you arrive, you feel like being shipwrecked in a tropical island. You immediately sense the magic this place has to offer.

Great views from the shore and clean beaches to swim. Make sure you get some food and drinks otherwise you will get hungry!

There are nice paths you can follow in order to see the ruins of the island's buildings!

This was a nice experience!

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Egmont Key State Park

At the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort DeSoto Beach
St. Petersburg, Florida
34698 USA

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