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DOLPHIN WATCHING

 

Egmont Key & Fort Desoto Regulations

No alcohol is permitted in state and county parks.
 
Interior sand is extremely hot. Bring water. Wear shoes while hiking, take caution on uneven walkways.

Do not handle turtles! Watch, take pictures, and let them go their way.

Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints.

No littering. All trash must be taken back on the ferry boat and disposed of properly.

Follow maps, roads and paths.

When hiking and exploring around the ruins of Fort Dade, do not damage structures or remove artifacts.


Beach and Swimming Cautions

This trip is for agile people without physical challenges, not for anyone who may be at risk.

If you expect to snorkel, good swimming skills are required. You will encounter deep water,
mild to strong currents and other natural water conditions.

Flotation devices are available, also instruction on snorkeling.

Wear SUNSCREEN.

No lifeguards on duty.

Do the “stingray shuffle” while wading.

No climbing on the rocky ruins off Fort Dade.

 

Have a group of 10 or more?

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Group rates quoted are for regularly scheduled daily cruises. Open to the general public. All Cruises are subject to availability, weather and minimum number of fares. Gratuity of 15% suggested on groups of 10 or more.


 



 

Beaches

Beaches

Come relax or play on our beach

Boating

Boating

Boating is available

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing is allowed in designated areas

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

Walk through the historic ruins of Fort Dade or along the brick paths that remain from the days Fort Dade was an active community with 300 residents. Gopher tortoises can sometimes be seen as you walk the historic paths. Many visitors are treated to the sight of hummingbirds and other seabirds.

Picnicking

Picnicking

Picnic tables are available

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming is available in designated areas

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is possible at this park

DOLPHIN WATCHING


Optional Snorkeling Tour

$5 Snorkeling gear rental on beach plus
$15 ferry to Sunken Ruins:
= $40 total

 

FIRST COME... FIRST SERVE
Please Pay on the Ferry with Cash, Travelers checks, or Credit Card

Information 727.867.6569

tour ruins
see wildlife,
beach and swim

Includes all the free shells you can carry! A short ferry ride from Ft. DeSoto is the Shell Key Preserve, a natural and uninhabited barrier island. Landing on the south end of the island is a unique trip for this area. White sand, warm waters are just the fix for sunbathing, swimming, superb shelling, bird and dolphin watching or just loafing around. Over night camping is allowed with a no cost permit. Shell Key is comparable to Sanibel and Captiva.

A family run ferry in this area since1928, chosen by the county in 2002 to be the ONLY official ferry service to and from Egmont Key & Shell Key Preserve. You begin and end your adventure at the historic Fort De Soto Park, a military outpost constructed during the Spanish American War, listed in the “National Register of Historic Places.” Explore the fort still equipped with 12-inch rifled mortars and two British breech-loading 6-inch Armstrong rapid-fire guns. The park has been rated the Number One Beach in the entire United States.

Pinellas Counties largest Park includes 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands. Travel to an uninhabited barrier island with white sand, warm water, and shelling galore is yours for the day. This trip is one of a kind and unique to this area.
 


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