Route & Schedule

Nature Preserve

Egmont Key Ferry

Tampa Bay Ferry is family owned and operated since 1928. We are the only official ferry service to and from Egmont Key and Shell Key.

Begin and end your adventure at historic Fort De Soto, a military outpost constructed during the Spanish American War, listed in the “National Register of Historic Places”. Explore the fort that is still equipped with 12-inch rifled mortars and two British breech-loading 6-inch Armstrong rapid-fire guns. Fort De Soto has been rated the number one beach in the entire United States.

Millions of people visit Fort De Soto each year, and very few realize that the fort they see is only one part of the naval defenses that were created to protect Tampa Bay at the time of the Spanish American War. On nearby Egmont Key, Fort Dade, with five batteries, was built. The guns of Fort De Soto and Fort Dade jointly controlled the shipping channel between them. Explore historic Fort Dade spread out along the island’s interior after a short trip aboard our ferry boat.

The Egmont Key ferry picks up and drops off at the Fort De Soto Bay Pier daily in the spring and summer and nearly every day in the fall and winter. The ride to Egmont Key is 25-30 minutes and offers great chances to spot dolphins, sea turtles, and sometimes even manatees!

Once on the island, Egmont Key offers shelling, snorkeling, and historic sights such as the Egmont lighthouse and the ruins of Fort Dade. Egmont Key is also home to a large population of native gopher tortoises. These large slow moving tortoises are an endangered species so you can’t touch them, but they make for great photos! Egmont is also home to a large nature preserve, where nearly half of the island is blocked to allow the native seabirds and sea turtles a section of undisturbed beach. This nature preserve can be experienced from the boat as we cruise around the tip of the island.

This trip is one of a kind... If you want to travel to a historic island with white sand, warm water, ancient tortoises, and a 150 year old lighthouse, our ferry to Egmont Key from the Fort De Soto Bay Pier is a great choice for you and your family!

Credit: Zack Perry with Taste and See Tampa Bay



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