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Fort De Soto Park

Address: 3500 Pinellas Bayway, Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Phone Number: 727-582-2267
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching, Picnicking, Camping, Fishing
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching, Picnicking, Camping, Fishing
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This is our third year and we won't be back. The good: We LOVE the dog park and that there is a small off-leash section of beach. This is our primary reason to coming to this park. It nails "dog friendly." Great location (except for tolls). The park is beautiful. Nice beaches but coarse shell sand. The bad: Trees badly... More 

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Linden, Tennessee
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I lived in Clearwater for 25 years, and Desoto was our beach of choice even then....We spent a beautiful afternoon there and noticed a lot of improvements, with more rest rooms and a lovely Campground which we are considering for a future visit. Our family is joining us here in Florida for a few weeks soon, and Ft Desoto is... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We went on Friday January 2nd. Weather started out hazzy. Beaches weren't crowded which I think was unusual. Gorgeous beaches and views. If you want more secluded area just walk down beach a little. There is even a decent amount of shadow from trees. You have to bring chairs and umbrella. There are picnic areas and restrooms.

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Clearwater, Florida
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276 reviews 276 reviews
86 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We only spent about 2 hours here on New Year's Day just to check out a part of the park. If we were younger we would have stayed all day. We went out on the pier and saw lots of people fishing. They had a little store on the pier where you could get a snack or souvenir. Walked on... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

The biggest advantage Fort De Soto offers is a wide variety of activities (of which I got to sample a few). Beaches, trails, kayaking, camping, biking, etc... Overall the park is very nice, and it is big enough not to feel overcrowded (though I went in December). The one bit of a letdown were the beaches: I had heard fantastic... More 

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Beach, fort, food all very good. If we had more time we would have kayaked. Great trip. Went on two separate days. We worth the modest $5 per car entry fee.

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Seminole, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

I recently moved to FL and have been visiting Ft. DeSoto weekly, mostly for birding and photography. The place is a paradise for both - wonderful number of bird species there, and some beautiful scenery. I'm not a beach goer, but the beaches look wonderful with lots of white, powdery sand. For great shorebirds, I suggest heading to the East... More 

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Lake Saint Louis, Missouri
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93 reviews 93 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

My wife and I visited Ft. Desoto on a Sunday mid Dec.and early afternoon. The Fort was certainly an interesting place. Some of the old cannons were still in place from the early 1800's and they were very large. I did not expect to see so many concrete rooms underground. Thinking back to the time this was constructed, it had... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Nothing to dislike about the place, it was AWESOME can't wait to go back........we went to the beach and bike riding and just walked the park.....

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O-Town
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

Great weekend experience. The VOLUNTEERS keep the facilities very clean. Expect to chill!! Bring a kayak and a telescope for great nightsky viewing. Bring firewood and a steel tub for a controlled bonfire too!

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