Discover the Island 2014
This event is the best way to learn about the island and all it has to offer visitors! On this weekend the island will have experts on the islands rich history from the 1800's to the present time. If you are a lighthouse enthusiast we have one that was built in 1858 and will be open for visitors to view the spiral staircase and to ask questions of our Lighthouse Keeper re-enactor.
If nature is your interest, we will have experts on migratory and shorebirds, gopher tortoises and sea turtles. We will also have experts on the native plants found on Egmont Key.
We will have Civil War re-enactors, both Union and Confederate with uniforms and equipment from that time. Also, there will be people knowledgeable on the part that the island played in the Spanish American War in 1898.
Other activities include a Silent Auction, kids games, local artists, music, souvenirs, self guided walking tours and the best hotdogs on the island!
If you want to learn about Egmont Key and what it means to the history, nature and recreation in the Tampa Bay Area then mark November 8th and 9th on your calendar and make plans to spend the day with us!
Click this ling to see a YouTube Video of the event! Discover the Island YouTube Video
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Self guided walking tours of the island
Guided group walking tours twice daily (10:30Am and 2:30PM)
Lighthouse open (no climbing) with Lighthouse Keeper Re-enactor
Hotdogs, chips and soft drinks available
Presentations on military history, island history and birds
Kids games and activities
Presentations on gopher tortoises
Live birds of prey from Boyd Hill Preserve
More to be announced as they are added!
Hubbard's Marina - Two Gift Certificates for half day fishing trip
Two Sunset Cruises
Two Dolphin Watch cruises
Two kayak rentals from Top Water Kayaks at Ft. DeSoto
"Turtle" Fan Sculpture
Six individual watercolor paintings by artist Gene Rizzo
Two night stay at the Magnuson Hotel
Four tickets to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Author Neil Hurley - Copy of "Florida Lighthouses During the Civil War"
Day Pass sales will be at the boarding site at Fort DeSoto on the days of the event. To get to the boarding area, go to the parking lot for the Gulf Pier and not the usual ferry boarding area at the Bay Pier. When at the Gulf Pier parking lot look for the white museum building. The day pass Sales tent will be located near the museum. The ferry boarding area is a short walk to the beach down a paved trail. We accept cash, major credit cards and check as payment. Day pass prices are listed below and also instructions for groups.
Online Ticket sales now available by clicking the link below:
Group sales will have to be done by contacting at email@example.com. You will need a group name and the number of participants.
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 9:00 AM EST / doors @ 09:00 AM
Discover the Island 2014
at Egmont Key State Park - Tierra Verde,FL
Ferry Service Departure Times (two ferries will be on site if needed)
Saturday: the first ferry leaves Ft. DeSoto at 9:00AM and will continue shuttle service as they fill with passengers. The last boats will depart Ft. DeSoto at 2:00PM. The last ferries will leave Egmont Key at 4:00PM. This allows at least two hours to enjoy the event for later arrivals.
Sunday: Will be the same as Saturday.
Day Pass price includes ferry service to/from island.
$18.00 for Adults, ages 12 and up
$15.00 for Active Duty/Retired Military with proper I.D.
$5.00 for Children, ages 5 to 11 years
Children under 5 are free
Group rates are available for 10 or more adults. Price per person is $15.00. Group must register in advance and have a list of names and a contact person. Payment must be a single transaction. Payment can be in advance or at the boarding are as a "will call". Contact Nancy at DTI Group Sales if you have questions.
More to be announced as they arrive!
Egmont Key is an island accessible only by ferry or private boat and the event is completely dependent on the weather. At this time of year it can change on short notice. If there is any doubt about weather, we will post information on our Facebook page, our Twitter feed and or telephone hotline, number to be announced.