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Fort De Soto Park

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Address: 3500 Pinellas Bayway, Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Phone Number: 727-582-2267
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Activities: Birdwatching, Picnicking, Camping, Fishing

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Small admission fee and it's well worth the money!A beautiful beach, some parts are more crowded-the north end was less crowded and very relaxed.Near the parking lot is a small... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Tampa, Fl.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Fort Desoto State Park is a very nice place to visit, but what ever you do, DO NOT turn your back on your cooler(s). We did for less than a minute and both coolers were stolen out of the back or our pick up truck. And NO, they were not out in plain sight!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Small admission fee and it's well worth the money!A beautiful beach, some parts are more crowded-the north end was less crowded and very relaxed.Near the parking lot is a small shop and there are also restrooms and showers...the fort is not so impressive,but nice to stop by.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

First off I would like to recommend the park itself as a perfect place to spend the day at the beach,but would not recommend the ferry service to Egmont Key that leaves from within the park. The ads for the ferry do not explain that it is on a cash only basis for tickets. There is a published schedual of... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We were staying way off by Dade City for most of our visit to the Tampa area. But after researching the best beaches in the region, we decided to drive from the northeast part of the metro area to the southwest corner for Fort De Soto Park. And we weren't disappointed! Just the trip there was amazing, including the incredible... More 

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New Port Richey, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

My family and I recently visited Fort De Soto Park earlier this month. We went on Good Friday, so even though it was technically a week day, many schools were out and there were plenty of people heading to the beaches on such a beautiful day! This was our second visit to Fort De Soto Park. We had previously been... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

we visit this park every year, focusing on North Beach in the AM. If you arrive early (when the park opens) you can have an hour or more with little interference from other visitors. The birding (and bird photography) here can be outstanding, altho YMMV depending on the season.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

Fort DeSoto park is the only beach my family goes to. There is a historic fort used for the Spanish American war. The fort has original cannons. The restaurant near the restrooms and playground has expensive food. You are better off packing your own lunch. The north beach, next to the tide pool, is the best area to go swimming.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Went there w my fiancé and had a lovely afternoon. Seagulls were chilling in the sea right next to the beach sand. I could even get close to them. Lovely! Water is so clear you can see your feet even when it's high on your chest. Amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

A stunningly beautiful secluded island, away from any residential buildings which cover the mainland. Even the car trip to Fort De Soto takes you through beautiful roads, each side surrounded by the sea. The park itself is quite large and as we only had an afternoon we stayed on the beautiful white sandy beaches. We did not have any of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Our goal of this visit was to see local wildlife. We started with a 2-hour kayak trip (rent a tandem for ~$42/2 hours, across from the Ferry Port). We saw a mother and baby manatee, and an adolescent. We also saw plenty of flying fish, an osprey feeding her babies, pelicans, a horseshoe crab, jellyfish and an unidentified fish with... More 

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