Egmont Key State Park

Fort at Egmont Key
Egmont Key Lighthouse
Fort at Egmont Key
Egmont Key Aerial
Ferry to Egmont Key
Egmont Key Lighthouse Aerial
Egmont Key

Now a wildlife refuge, Egmont Key is a natural island escape with significant history. It was a camp for captured Seminoles during the Third Seminole War and was a Union Navy base during the Civil War.  Located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort De Soto Park. This 440-acre island is the home to one of the last government-operated lighthouses in the U.S. Built in 1858 still serves as an active navigational aide to all ships entering Tampa Bay.

Several boats offer snorkeling excursions to this island which is accessible only by boat. Egmont Key also has a variety of significant natural resources, including a large population of gopher tortoises, and its beach is used as a nesting area by loggerhead sea turtles. In addition to snorkeling, visitors to the island can enjoy beaches, hiking trails and the historic fort and lighthouse.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection cooperatively manages Egmont Key with the U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service and the U.S. Coast Guard

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BoatingFishingScuba/DivingSnorkeling
Facility Amenities
Picnic Area
General Information
Hours: 8 a.m. - sunset.Open Year-Round
Guest Information
Family Friendly
Time To Experience Activity
Half day
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Community: St. Pete Beach
Category: Beaches

Address
At the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort DeSoto Beach

St. Petersburg, FL 34698

Phone: 727-893-2627

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Based on 162 reviews
Jill W | Nov. 19, 2017
“Quiet, serene beach in November”

Apparently this place is full of people during other times of the year, but for our trip out in November, we were the only ones out there. We had intended to snorkel, but there were too many...

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