The Egmont Key Alliance

Discover the Island is on November 9th and 10th, 2019

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, live music, souvenirs,  self guided as well as 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 9th and 10th on your calendar and make plans to spend the day with us!

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

Egmont Key Flyer19.pdf


Exhibitors for this year:

More will be added as they are confirmed!

  • Gulfport Dive Center with exhibits on the  U.S.S.Narcissus Gulfport Dive Center Website
  • USF Access 3D Lab "Digitizing Heritage at Risk" Access 3D Lab Website
  • Birds of Prey from Boyd Hill Nature Preserve Boyd Hill Website
  • Union and Confederate Civil War Re-enactors
  • Spanish American War exhibit by the Tampa Rough Riders
  • Betty Rossie (Gopher tortoise expert)
  • Presentation by the USF Access 3D Lab (in the Guardhouse)
  • Dave Scheidecker, Research Coordinator for the Seminole Tribe, presenting Remembering the Histories of Egmont Key: the Seminole Experience, November 9th only
  • Lighthouse Keeper re-enactor
  • TECO Manatee Viewing Center Exhibit (Saturday only)
  • Anclote Key Lighthouse Group Anclote Key CSO
  • Friends of Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges Tampa Bay Refuges
  • Geocaching exhibit by Alan DeFrain

Events and Activities

Folk music by members of the Egmont Key Shanty Singers

Self guided walking tours of the island

Guided group walking tours hourly on military history, nature/wildlife, Fort Dade and beach dynamics

Lighthouse open (no climbing) with Lighthouse Keeper Re-enactor

Souvenir sales

Presentations on environmental and historical topics at the Guardhouse

Kids fossil pit at the Guardhouse

Presentations on gopher tortoises at Battery Howard

Display on Geo-caching

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 9, 2019 Tickets go on sale at 8:30 AM EST, boarding starts @ 09:00 AM
Discover the Island 2019
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 10, 2019: Will be the same as Saturday.

Ticket price includes ferry service to/from island.

$25.00 for Adults, ages 19 and up

$15.00 for young adults 12-18

$10.00 for Children, ages 6 to 11 years

Children under 6 are free

Silent Auction Items

We will have an online live auction as well as on the island. Items will be added as we receive them later on

Thanks to Our Sponsor!

Hubbard's Marina

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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