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Central Florida Weekend Getaways Egmont Key State Park
Living in the Central Florida area is great for so many reasons. There are great schools, job opportunities and and endless amount of things to do and see. Orlando is home to great theme parks, restaurants, and nightlife but sometimes you may just want to get away from the crowds and head east or west toward the water. The beauty of being in Central Florida is that within a couple of hours you can be near or on a body of water to hit the beach, hop on a boat or just catch a sunrise or sunset.
If you are looking for this type of adventure and you have a weekend to spare, you don’t want to miss Egmont Key State Park located at the mouth of the Tampa Bay just outside Ft. De Soto Park, just about a two hour drive from Oviedo. You can only get there by boat, but don’t worry if you don’t have your own, you can hop on a ferry here. Be prepared to walk and explore, finding exciting things along the way such as military batteries and gopher tortoises just to name a few.
From their site:
Although this park is primarily a wildlife refuge, it can be a personal refuge – a place to relax and collect shells along secluded, pristine beaches. Accessible only by private boat, Egmont Key has a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858. During the 19th century, the island served as a camp for captured Seminoles at the end of the Third Seminole War and was later occupied by the Union Navy during the Civil War. In 1898, as the Spanish – American War threatened, Fort Dade was built on the island and remained active until 1923. After touring the historic sites and trails, visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing, and picnicking. Located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort DeSoto Beach.
I would recommend spending most of the day there if possible. Bring a lunch as the island does not have food or drink. They also do not allow pets or alcoholic beverages anywhere on the island.
If you have the opportunity to take a short trip, I definitely recommend you put this on your list of things to do.
We live in such a great place where new adventures are available just about anytime you are ready.
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A lifelong native of the Central Florida area, Jesse Smith is knowledgeable about the many facets of Central Florida real estate, and can help you navigate your way through the buying/selling process ....