Egmont Key – Fun For the Whole Family
While beautiful Egmont Key is only accessible by boat, you need not own a boat to reach it. Read ahead to learn how!
Egmont Key is full of history and only 20-25 minutes southwest of St Pete. It’s different than the previous boating destinations (sandbars) we’ve mentioned. In the case of Egmont, you’ll enjoy nature trails, Fort ruins, a lighthouse standing since 1858, an abundance of wildlife, and fishing opportunities. Egmont is definitely a favorite of our family!
From Egmont Key social media:
“…In 1898, as the Spanish-American War threatened, Fort Dade was built on the island and remained active until 1923 […] 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 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.”
For our son, walking around/thru an old Fort is the equivalent of Indiana finding the Holy Grail.
If you don’t own a boat, there are excursion companies to show you around! For instance Island Boat Adventures has Egmont adventures from $45 at the time of this posting.
Island Boat Adventures Info:
Google Reviews: 371 with a 4.8/5 Average
Address: 2902 Miriam St S, Gulfport
📷 credit to Island Boat Adventures and Egmont Key State Park for a couple of these photos, the others are from our family outings.
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