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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: Picnicking, Camping, Fishing, Birdwatching

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Beautiful waterfront as well as non-waterfront camp sites...

This was our first time camping with our new (to us) RV/trailer... Expect great people at the check-in area, as well as the olunteers that keep the place very nice. Bathrooms... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This was our first time camping with our new (to us) RV/trailer... Expect great people at the check-in area, as well as the olunteers that keep the place very nice. Bathrooms were very clean, and well stocked. We are looking forward to our next stay. BTW, if the views were from a hotel room, 5-10 times the rental rate would... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This park is now on our to-do list every year on vacation. There is a fee of 5 bucks per car to get in, so worth it! The beach areas (North beach specifically) is amazing and the water is warm, aqua and clear. You can actually see school of fish swimming by. There is not much shade on the beach... More 

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Lawton, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We were pleasantly surprised by the wonderful beach area....9 miles of beautiful white sand, abundance of seashells, and not overcrowded! When we return to this area, we will spend al least 1 day there for sure!

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

Fort de Soto is a great getaway for nice, sandy beaches, great shell hunting and super snorkeling. For $5.00, we parked in the northernmost tip of the West arm, and early on in the day, the place was quiet and serene. Snorkeling chest-high out in the water, we found loads of crabs of all sorts, live sand dollars, and even... More 

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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We go here every year. The campsites are spacious and everyone is really friendly. We always bring our dogs, kayaks, and bikes. There's always a lot to see and do here without being too-crazy busy! Make sure to visit the North Beach - beautiful! Sometimes they'll let campers (and other volunteers) help newly hatched sea turtles to the ocean -... More 

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Bad Rappenau, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Beautiful state park for any kind of beach activities in this area. The fee is $5 per vehicle for spending a whole day at the state park. Check out the website of the state park to get familiar with the area and to find the right spot for you to stay. If you want to enjoy a great view on... More 

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Pickerington, OH
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Made a quick day trip here after a cruise. It was a very hot day, so that hampered some of our walking & exploring. However, checking out the fort was "cool" for our boys. Scouting out a good beach area was a bit tricky as we didn't know exactly where to go. We picked a parking area that didn't seem... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This lady is completely out of control cursing and yelling at kids and adults about absolutely everything...if you want peace don't be around her. We all have no idea how she is still allowed to be in that park or around people in general. We told one of the park rangers about her erratic behavior, I don't think the issue... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This was my second time at Fort De Soto and I was just as impressed this time around. We rented kayaks for an hour and took a self guided tour around the mangrove area. We were lucky the water was super shallow and clear, we were able to see a bunch of small fish and shells. On our way back... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Love, love, love going to the pier. Be sure to go to the big pier though, makes a world of difference on your experience. Dolphin watching every time! All of the fisherman are out there catching and the dolphins tend to enjoy the snacks as well. Great time!

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