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Fort De Soto Park

3500 Pinellas Bayway, Tierra Verde, FL 33715
727-582-2267
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Birdwatching, Picnicking, Camping, Fishing
Traveler Description: The Fort The fort houses 2 of the original canons that defended the coast as well as a few of the surrounding support strucutres. One of the old... more »
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
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Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

They have a great beach and my husband encountered 2 dolphins while snorkeling. He said he could even hear them chattering back and forth! The pier is a lot of fun to walk and get great pictures of all the different birds. I 'm a little obsessed with taking bird photos :) We stopped at the the snack shop and... More

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Monticello, Minnesota
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We drove from Orlando to visit this park. It was a drive but worth it to spend a day. If I remember correctly this is the same distance from Orlando as Clearwater. Having been to both this is a much better choice. The beach was clean and beautiful. We visited during the week and it was a little crowded, I... More

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Venice, Florida
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104 reviews 104 reviews
12 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Fort De Soto Park is a quiet place with lots of history. It is a self discovery type of attraction with no guides, but plenty of information available. It's a great place to walk around and study the history of the area, and there is also a very nice air-conditioned museum there. We spent about an hour at the Fort,... More

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Shawsville, Virginia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Wow! This park has so many cool things, it is hard to accurately describe. We swam at North Beach and found some cool shells, took a ferry to Egmont Key, fished off of the Bay Pier and caught about 20 fish. We also visited the fort -- it only took about 15 minutes to see it and it was very... More

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West Boylston, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

This place is super excellent. Huge state park with an old fort, picnic areas and great, quiet beaches. Tons of parking, a couple nice gift shops and pretty good looking snack bars. Lots of sting rays in the water the day we were there....shuffle your feet! There is a fee and it's a bit of a drive to get there... More

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Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is my #1 favorite, and my wife's #2 (she prefers Siesta Key Beach), of our 5 beach tour along the Florida SW Gulf Coast. I like the park with the amenities (snack bar, covered pavilions with grilling stations, restroom, shower). It's the only beach I've been to where pine trees grow right up to the beach. Love the pine... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We stayed in Sarasota for the week and decided to drive up and visit this park. It was about an hours drive. It cost us several dollars in tolls to get there, and a $5 entry fee, but when you drive in, its like going back in time to old world Florida. No commercial outlets, (except at the fort itself).... More

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Fredrikstad, Norway
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

My experienceses are mainly on North Beach. Plenty of parking. Decent restrooms with showers. Plenty of picnic areas with prebuilt BBQ's. Lovely and diverse fine grain sand beach with a lagoon, open areas, palms and mangroves and more a few hideaway spots. Just feels good. 5 dollar vehicle fee to enter the area.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We camped at site #30 (you can see pics of all sites from their web site), which I picked because it had a beach view from the back of the campsite. It was nice and clean, and overall a a very good site. In the mornings, there was no wind, and around 1:00 pm or so, the wind developed into... More

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Seminole, Florida
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Great expanse of beach on Fort Desoto's south side looking out over the Tampa Bay shipping channel. Dogs are free to roam, swim, play & check each other out. Feel free to bring rafts or boogie boards for your dog. Water is very warm in the summer and any bred could tolerate. There is also a large fenced-in "Paw Playground"... More

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