The Egmont Key Alliance

Discover the Island will be held on November 12-13, 2016

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 12th and 13th on your calendar and make plans to spend the day with us!

Click this link to see photos of the event from last year!

 DTI 2015 Photos!

Download and print your copy of the event flyer! Click on the link below:

Discover the Island 2016 Flyer


Exhibitors for this year:

  • Bay Area Reef Runner Dive Club with exhibits on the  U.S.S.Narcissus Visit the BARR Website
  • Live birds of prey from Boyd Hill Nature Preserve both days!
  • Union and Confederate Civil War Re-enactors
  • St. Pete Shell Club
  • Tampa Rough Riders Visit the Rough Riders Website
  • Photographic Artist Lyle Polyack (Saturday Only) Visit his website!
  • History Presentations by Author Don Thompson; View Book Cover
  • Presentation on Egmont Key Birds by Tom and Lindsay Bell
  • Laser cut contour maps from Island Laser Designs
  • Florida History told with the 24 flags that have flown over the state
  • Civil War reenactors

Events and Activities

Folk music by members of the Egmont Key Shanty Singers

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

Souvenir sales

Presentations on military history, island history and birds in the Guardhouse

Kids games and activities

Presentations on gopher tortoises at Battery Howard

Live birds of prey from Boyd Hill Preserve both days!

Silent Auction Items

More to be announced as they are added!

Ferry Ticket Prices and Sales 

Ferry boarding will be a the Bay Pier this year! When you arrive at Fort DeSoto simply follow the brown park 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.

Saturday, Nov 12, 2015 Tickets go on sale at 8:30 AM EST, boarding starts @ 09:00 AM
Discover the Island 2016
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 13, 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.

$9.00 for Children, ages 6 to 11 years

Children under 6 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.

Thanks to Our Many Sponsors!

Hubbard's Marina

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.

The Egmont Key Alliance is a 501 (c) (3) Non-profit Corporation

P.O. Box 66238 St. Pete Beach, FL 33736


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