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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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Good pavilions for grilling out with the family

We rented a pavilion here for a day at the park. The grills were very clean and well maintained. The pavilion could have been cleaner but the mess could have been due to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Wellington, Florida
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Wellington, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We rented a pavilion here for a day at the park. The grills were very clean and well maintained. The pavilion could have been cleaner but the mess could have been due to the high winds from storms that had blown through prior to our arrival. The beach was great. Unfortunately the kayak rentals were closed due to the weather... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

For those who complain that it is "unkept" (tall grass: oh no, there is natural vegetation on the beautiful sand dunes!; water on the walkways: there have been unusual continuous storms and flooding in Florida), do not go to a National Park and expect to see a developed beach with businesses and custodians all around! For everyone else: this is... More 

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Washington D.C.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Large state park with fine white sand beach, natural lagoons for bird watching, picnic areas and bathrooms. Good place for families. More naturey than Siesta Key or Nokomis Beach. Def. worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is quite a beautiful and historical place. It does not have much left other then some guns and a few buildings but the picture history is something to study. Next walk out on the pier where fishing is allowed without a state license. There is a $5 park admission per car but the beaches are beautiful. Clean restrooms. Concession... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Fort De Soto is without a doubt the best county park in Pinellas county. There are many activities to do there, from some of the best beaches in the US (possibly the world), to exploring forts, to fishing on the gulf or bay piers. If your in the area it's just a short drive from the southern beaches of Pinellas... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I went as part of a wedding event for a friend and had a great time there. The weather was pretty rough that day, but we still had a great time and I was impressed by their facilities. I would definitely like to go back and see some of the other areas around the park.

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Sweetwater, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

First of all, we did not go for the beach time. I cannot comment on how the beaches are. We went for the history of the fort. When entering, you see a giant American flag, which is awesome to see. However, the flag is torn and thus needs to be replaced. Not a good first impression for an American military... More 

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Williams, IN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We had a great time at Fort De Soto Park! Used the grills at the picnic area and enjoyed a quiet shady lunch. Very clean picnic area with fresh water at the grill areas and clean restroom. Beware of wildlife, a racoon and a snake crossed our path to the restroom. Caught a Sting Ray, several types of fish and... More 

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Statesboro, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Great place for a day at the beach. Well maintained beaches. Some beach areas pet-friendly. Interesting ruins to explore. You MUST take the ferry to Egmont Key. The trip costs around $25 per person round-trip. Take the earliest ferry which will give you just enough time to explore the banana-shaped island. Ruins there, too. Great beaches there, and also nice... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I moved to Tampa about 9 months ago. I have had the opportunity to visit many beaches around the Tampa area including Fred Howard Park beach, Pass-a-Grille, Maderia, Caladesi, Clearwater, and Honeymoon Island. Fort De Soto Park is the best in my opinion. Here are the reasons why: 1. Not a lot of people compared to some of the others... More 

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Address: 3500 Pinellas Bayway, Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Phone Number: 727-582-2267
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tierra Verde

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