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Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge in Egmont Key State Park in St. Petersburg, FL near Tampa Bay, FL

The following activities include admission to Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge in Egmont Key State Park in St. Petersburg, FL near Tampa Bay, FL:
Egmont Key Ferry Photo
4/16/2024 - 5/1/2024
For sun-soaked sands, brilliant turquoise waters, and a burst of history, embark on an adventure aboard the Egmont Key Ferry.
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The following tours go by Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge in Egmont Key State Park in St. Petersburg, FL near Tampa Bay, FL:
Private Excursion in Gulfport with Snorkel, Swim, Shelling Photo
4/16/2024 - 3/31/2025
The Private Excursion in Gulfport with Snorkeling, Swimming, and Shelling is an unbeatable water adventure activity set in the beautiful Tampa Bay Area.
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Private Guided Charter Boat with Watersports in Gulfport Photo
4/16/2024 - 3/31/2025
Embark on a journey of adventure and relaxation with the private guided charter boat packed with water sports in the scenic Gulfport area!
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The following tours visit Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge in Egmont Key State Park in St. Petersburg, FL near Tampa Bay, FL:
Egmont Key Ferry Photo
4/16/2024 - 5/1/2024
For sun-soaked sands, brilliant turquoise waters, and a burst of history, embark on an adventure aboard the Egmont Key Ferry.
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4-Hour St. Pete Pier to Egmont Key Tour Photo
4/16/2024 - 12/30/2024
Activity Name: Announcing Tampa Dolphin Cruise - an enticing and thrilling activity in the scenic Tampa Bay area of Florida, that gifts you an opportunity to observe dolphins, the graceful marine beings in their natural habitat.
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Nestled off the coast of St.

Petersburg, Florida, near the bustling center of Tampa Bay, lies the exquisite Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge and State Park. A remarkable natural and historical gem, this place is a hidden paradise within a vibrant urban setting, making it a must-see for any nature or history buff. Accessible only by boat, Egmont Key offers visitors an exclusive blend of stunning beaches, rich history, array of wildlife, and breathtaking natural beauty that is hard to find elsewhere.

Established as a wildlife refuge in 1974, Egmont Key spans about 450 acres and is laden with rich cultural and historical significance. It served as a camp for captured Seminoles during the Third Seminole Indian War in the 1850s, was a strategic point during the Spanish-American War, and has been a crucial navigational aid for nearly two centuries with its historic lighthouse. The Egmont Key Lighthouse, a standing testament to times gone by since 1858, is considered an iconic symbol of the refuge.

One of Egmont Key’s biggest highlights is undoubtedly its rare panoramic natural scenery. The island boasts an undeniably rich array of flora and fauna. Many species of seabirds, including the state-threatened American oystercatcher, call this island refuge home. Visitors often spot gopher tortoises ambling along the trails, and the surrounding waters teem with vibrant marine life. Soft sandy beaches stretch along the island's western shore offering excellent spots for swimming, sunbathing, and shelling. The eastern side of the island boasts submerged defensive fort ruins, which have morphed into spectacular snorkeling and diving spots.

Additionally, the ruins of historic Fort Dade can be explored. Once a bustling community with over 300 inhabitants, the remains of the old fort and the ghost town, with its paths, roads, and buildings, provide a fascinating glimpse into the past. Not to mention, the uninterrupted views of the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay from various points on the island are a treat for nature photographers and enthusiasts alike.

In summary, Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge delivers a unique blend of serenity, history, and natural beauty. A visit here promises an unforgettable journey through time, a close encounter with wildlife, and a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether you are seeking an adventure or a serene place to unwind, Egmont Key offers a remarkable experience that is both engaging and restorative. With its unparalleled beauty and deep-seated history, no visitor can depart unaffected by its sheer magnificence.


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