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Egmont Key

#1,172 of 4,748 things to do in Florida
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06:00 - 21:00
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Visitors to this island can visit its great beaches and explore the ruins...

Visitors to this island can visit its great beaches and explore the ruins of Fort Dade, a Civil War fort.

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Like your own private beach.

You take a ferry to get to this beautiful island. Nice paths to walk on and see wildlife. We were able to find a part of the beach where we felt like we were the only ones... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Crys V
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Washington, Pa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 beaches with lots of shells. Gopher tortoises all over the place, and we even saw a loggerhead in the water. Lots of history. We really enjoyed walking on... More 

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High Point, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved it here in Egmont key it was absolutely gorgeous and we had the best find out here exploring this island

Thank brookeharrison
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You take a ferry to get to this beautiful island. Nice paths to walk on and see wildlife. We were able to find a part of the beach where we felt like we were the only ones there.

Thank Crys V
Saratoga Springs, New York
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I just boated around the island today and was fascinated by the wonderful white beaches along its west side. The beach is accessible by boat, if you're willing to anchor and wade ashore. The most wonderful thing about Egmont is its inaccessibility. It hasn't been overrun by tourists or picnickers! There's no water, no rest rooms, no food. But lots... More 

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Holmes Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been going by private family or friends boats for 40 years. The past 15 years, there are SO many "tour boats"that there is no room for anyone to dock, bay side or ocean side. Sad to see those in private boats stark naked urinating or just totally naked when you have young children. I used to have my alost... More 

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Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

We were wanting to kayak to Egmont Key from the south, and we found a wonderful beach to launch from on Anna Maria. To get there, drive north past the Anna Maria pier to the very end of the road. There is public beach access there (with parking on a side street), and a short carry to the beach. From... More 

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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Fun boat ride - cool island. We walked around, checking out the former military buildings. We brought a picnic lunch which we had on the beach - totally to ourselves! We kept an eye out for the elusive Gopher Tortoise. We saw many tracks and burrows, and finally saw one (OK, just his head) sticking out of his burrow.

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Clearwater, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

At the south end of Pinellas County Florida just before heading over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge there is Fort Desoto Park. The entrance fee is $5. Here one can take the ferry boat (a pontoon boat that can carry about 50 passengers and takes about 20 minutes) over to Egmont Key that also has its own fort named Fort Dade.... More 

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Weeki Wachee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

First off I should say that I will not write a bad review, just the Truth , but this ferry service was the lowest of the low in my experience. This is not about the Island, it is just so so not really worth the short time you do have there. It burned after a lightning strike recently [ 8... More 

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Bexleyheath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

A difficult one. The island is ok, although disappointed with lack of information on island regarding its past, there could have been a little more in depth background of its history. We could have done with more time to explore, but the restricted timing of ferry makes this fairly impossible. The ferry we thought was very overpriced at $20 approx... More 

3 Thank Linda A

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