Discover the Island 2015
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
Download and print your copy of the event flyer! Click on the link below:
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
Silent Auction each day
Presentations on military history, island history and birds
Kids games and activities
Presentations on gopher tortoises
Live birds of prey from Boyd Hill Preserve on Saturday
More to be announced as they are added!
Author Neil Hurley - Copy of "Florida Lighthouses During the Civil War"
Ferry boarding will be a the Bay Pier this year! When you arrive at Fort DeSoto simply follow the brown signs to the usual place that the ferry departs from. Look for the green trailer near the parking lot. Sales and boarding info will be at that location. Overflow parking is available across the road from the paved parking lot. We accept cash, major credit cards and check as payment. Ticket prices are listed below and also instructions for groups.
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 9:00 AM EST boarding starts @ 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, November 15, 2015: Will be the same as Saturday.
Ticket 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 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.