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Fort De Soto Park

3500 Pinellas Bayway, Tierra Verde, FL 33715
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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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68 reviews 68 reviews
11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We live in Florida but haven't visited Fort Desoto in many years. We decided to take a drive over a few weeks ago to tour the fort and check the area out. The fort was great - filled with history - really well kept. They really make an effort to keep the grounds nice and the fort accessible. There's so... More

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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We came here one day with our 7 year old and grandma and it was great a great getaway from the crowded commercial St. Pete Beach. We first toured the fort, then spent a few hours at the north beach. They do have chairs and umbrellas to rent. We did eat at the snack bar which was a little pricey... More

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Belleville, IL
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I thought the beach on the north end of the park was the best for families and children. There is a natural little lagoon for kids to play in without it getting too deep and the sands and waters at the beach were just right. I think this is more of a place the locals go to the beach vs... More

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Tampa, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Fort De Soto's north beach is a nice beach to spend the day at. Yes it is a hefty walk to get to the water, but that just means there is pleanty of room for everyone to spread out. The sand is soft and white. This is a great walking beach and it's nice to see all the wildlife here.... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Fort De So to has it all... great white sandy beaches, fishing pier that requires no license, kayaking through mangroves with plenty of wildlife (dolphins, manatees, herrons, etc), bike trails, historical areas, picnic areas, camping, etc. We visited there twice while we were on vacation.

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Went for the day while staying in Orlando, 2nd visit. Just an hour and a half from Orlando and a great escape from the crowds, just go in the week though. Lovely beach, water really warm. Great to sea quite a few Dolphins close the the beac, there was also a small Hammerhead Shark very close to the beach, we... More

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Norfolk Island, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Recently traveled to Fort De Soto Park after hearing how great a place it was to see. We thought the tolls into the park, plus the beach parking were a bit steep to start with and after having seen the park where assuredly so now. We visited the fort first off and I must say it looks quite dilapidated, very... More

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Saint Augustine, Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We went to north beach by sunrise to picture shore birds and other wildlife. Great birding, nice calm beach. A couple of hours later we had lunch at the snack bar by the Fort, I personally recommend the nachos, the burgers are good too. All the beaches are nice including the pet beach. If you want to enjoy some fishing,... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Fort DeSoto campground was a typical State park camp ground. We were checked in by a very friendly ranger. That is always a great way to start. We were on the no pet RV loop. large site with plenty of room for slides. All sites are shell (which is better than dirt) and have some shrubs on either side for... More

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Largo, Florida, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We traveled to Fort De Soto Park yesterday after hearing from many sources how great a place it was to see. We visited two different beaches while there, East Beach and North Beach, the Fort itself, but we didn't make the museum before it closed. The beaches were disapponting. One seemed a bit seedy, and there was really no beach... More

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