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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

I was told by some folks that this was the best beach in FL, so I was pretty disappointed. The grass/weeds in the parking area were very tall. There was water and mud all over the walk ways and parking lot. The walk to the actual beach from the parking lot was quite the trek and the beach was not... More 

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Fayetteville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Its not often that one feels like rating a 'state park'. But Fort De Soto is well worth the time. As mentioned by others, the Rangers are amazing, friendly. The beach is clean, and was not crowded the day we were there. The food at the gift shop was VERY GOOD. I emphasize this, as its a state park, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

There's a lot to do here in a rather large space. We toured the fort and were impressed by the size of the mortars. As always, bring insect repellant! The beach area was rather nice and compact with lots of shells. The ruins in the water were kind of cool. We walked out to the end of the pier and... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We ventured down south from Clearwater to the beach here on a recommendation from a guide. There is definitely less of a crowd and the landscape isn't full of high rises and million dollar homes by any means. We headed to the north beach and were less than impressed. The far north beach store/hut was closed so there were no... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

We visit this beach about every 3 years for our family reunion. We spent the day there this Saturday, July 18th for our family reunion. this park was well kept, clean, and friendly. The park also has a Old Fort and artifacts that are kept up for tourists. The view and the beach is very nice. The park staff was... 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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