Discover Egmont Key's Untouched Beauty: Guided Boat Tours to a Historic Island Paradise

Egmont Key

Embark on an extraordinary journey to Egmont Key, a secluded island nestled at the mouth of Tampa Bay. This hidden gem, brimming with unspoiled beauty and steeped in history, offers an unforgettable experience for visitors seeking a unique guided boat tour. As you venture across the sparkling waters, Capt. Dan will share captivating stories and insights, immersing you in the island’s rich past and vibrant natural wonders.

Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by pristine white-sand beaches, lush vegetation, and a variety of native wildlife, providing a picturesque backdrop for your island exploration. Delve into Egmont Key’s fascinating history as you visit the remnants of Fort Dade, an early 20th-century military installation, and the iconic Egmont Key Lighthouse, which has guided mariners since 1858. Wander along the serene pathways, taking in the unparalleled beauty of this protected wildlife refuge and maritime sanctuary.

As you explore the island’s diverse landscape, don’t miss the opportunity to observe a myriad of coastal birds and marine life, including playful dolphins and gentle manatees, who call these waters home. Finally, unwind on the sun-kissed shores, as you bask in the tranquility of this unspoiled paradise.

Embark on a guided boat tour to Egmont Key and uncover the secrets of this enchanting island oasis. Book your adventure today and experience the magic of Florida’s Gulf Coast like never before!

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Commonly Asked Questions about Egmont Key Boat Tours

Where is Egmont Key, FL?

Egmont Key is a small island off Florida’s western coast, and is located right at the entrance of Tampa Bay. It’s part of Egmont Key State Park and the Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge, making it a sanctuary for wildlife and a haven for history and nature lovers.

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The island’s location and unspoiled beaches make it a unique attraction for visitors to the Tampa Bay area.

How Can I Get to the Island?

While the island is not accessible by road, several options allow visitors to reach this secluded paradise. The most convenient method for visitors coming from Bradenton, Sarasota, Tampa, St. Pete, Anna Maria Island, or other nearby areas is boating to Egmont Key.

Island Way Excursions offers boat trips to Egmont Key, providing an exciting and comfortable journey across the stunning waters of Tampa Bay. These tours not only offer a convenient way to get to the island, but passengers can soak up the sun, enjoy the refreshing sea breeze, and may even spot dolphins playfully jumping alongside the boat during the trip.

Where Are The Sunken Ruins?

In addition to the natural wonders that Egmont Key holds, the sunken ruins remain a significant point of fascination. These remnants of the past give the island an air of mystery and intrigue, making it a great exploration site for visitors who are interested in history.

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Ruins on Egmont Key include parts of an old fort that now lie partially submerged due to the island’s continual erosion.

What Kind of Base Was on Egmont Key?

The ruins were once a part of Fort Dade, a Spanish-American War era fort that was strategically located to protect the shipping lanes in and out of Tampa Bay. The fort remained active until 1923, and the U.S. Coast Guard took over operations of the Egmont Key Lighthouse in 1939.

Sunken sections of Fort Dade are visible during low tide, and snorkelers might see parts of old roads, brick structures, and even an old gun battery beneath the clear waters.

Snorkeling at Egmont Key

One of the major attractions of Egmont Key is the fantastic snorkeling opportunities it offers. The clear, warm waters surrounding the island are full of colorful fish, corals, and other marine life.

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Island Way Excursions has snorkel gear available (at no extra charge) for tour passengers, allowing you to view Egmont Key’s local marine life and underwater features.

Egmont Key Boat Trips: Duration, Itinerary, and Booking

Your journey to Egmont Key promises to be a blend of thrilling exploration and serene relaxation. This four-hour tour encompasses a wealth of attractions and experiences, neatly packaged into a single, unforgettable adventure.

Tour Duration and Highlights

The Egmont Key tour lasts approximately four hours, a perfectly balanced duration that allows you to thoroughly experience the island’s charm without feeling rushed. The tour includes a visit to the historic Egmont Key State Park, a place imbued with centuries of history and natural beauty. Here, you’ll have the chance to explore the island’s unique features and attractions.

  1. Lighthouse: One of the key highlights of your trip will be the picturesque Egmont Key Lighthouse. This iconic structure has guided mariners since 1858 and stands as a timeless sentinel over the Gulf of Mexico.
  2. Fort Dade Ruins: Venture into the past as you explore the ruins of Fort Dade, remnants of the island’s military history. These decaying structures, both on land and beneath the water, add an element of intrigue and adventure to your trip.
  3. Pristine Beaches and Wildlife: Enjoy the untouched beauty of the island’s pristine beaches, perfect for a leisurely stroll or a quiet moment of reflection. Keep an eye out for a variety of birds and other wildlife that call this island home.

Booking Egmont Key Boat Tours

Booking an Egmont Key boat tour is straightforward and convenient. You can make reservations for your trip online or by phone, whichever is more comfortable for you.

Pricing for tours starts at $500, and can vary depending on the type of tour you choose and the size of your group. To get the most accurate and up-to-date pricing information, we encourage you to contact us.

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We are ready to help you plan a perfect Egmont Key adventure that suits your interests and budget.

With historic ruins, native wildlife, and unspoiled beauty, Egmont Key is a true Floridian natural wonder waiting to be discovered. Don’t wait—book your tour with Island Way Excursions today!

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