It is a major historic site on Florida’s west coast. If you're not fortunate enough to know someone that owns a boat you can access the island via a ferry leaving from nearby Fort Desoto State Park.
Egmont Key is home to the Egmont Key Lighthouse and the ruins of old Fort Dade. Complimentary maps on the island are available at the ranger station. The map points out various trails throughout the island and leads to ruins of the old fort. It is an interesting hike as some sections of the fort are quite well preserved.
The crystal blue water attracts many afternoon boaters. Since it is a wildlife reserve no pets are permitted, no camping is allowed and they request that you take only photos, and leave only footprints. Unless of course the footprints would be on the sand dunes, walking on the sand dunes is also prohibited.
An afternoon on Egmont Key is a wonderful way to spend a day in the Tampa area. It can fulfill the interest of sunbathers, hikers, history buffs and nature lovers alike.