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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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I took my dog to the Fort De Soto dog beach and was a little unsatisfied with the actual beach. There was really no clean and comfortable place to sit on the sand. The sand seemed very dirty. The day was foggy so I cannot comment on any of the other activities. I did enjoy the fact that the dogs... More 

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Mills River, North Carolina
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4 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

my wife and I visit often and love the kayaking. You can launch just about anywhere and the scenery from a kayak is beautiful. I am an avid bird photographer and have been able to get some great shots while kayaking! The beaches are beautiful and seldom crowded on week days. Love this park!

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Seminole, FL
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I guess with the crowds that they get there these days they have to put up restrictions but it just seems like everywhere you turn there is a sign saying "No" something.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Ft. Desoto Park has gorgeous top rated beaches, and they have a dog beach too! The campground is top-notch, you can camp out right next to the water. Excellent fishing, trails, pavilions and an old military fort. You can ride your bike, hike, kayak, visit the museum, ride the ferry or bird watch. A great place to spend the weekend,... More 

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Tierra Verde, Florida, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Beaches, walking and biking paths. Kayaking, fishing and bird watching. Picnic tables, grills and playgrounds. An old fort, two fishing piers. So much to do. A favorite place.

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Tierra Verde, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Ft. Desoto is a beautiful beach and dog beach area and of course the fort.. Very family friendly and pet friendly.. Great park pavillions and snack shops.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

Really enjoyed staying at FDSP! Site 33 was ideal (as was 4 sites adjacent)! On the water and across from bath house. Facilities were good, properly maintained and convenient. Park staff were efficient and courteous. Park has fantastic beaches within easy bike rides! Camp store well stocked. Saw dolphins and osprey from camp site! Would love to camp there again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We traveled from north of Tampa to Fort De Soto as we were told the beach was unparalleled in the area. This is TRUE! After a brief visit to the remains of the fort we walked the west beach--beautiful white sands and gentle surf. It was encouraging to see several walkers carrying plastic bags so as to pick up any... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Two things. First, kudos to the rangers. I camped there two years ago and the raccoons were out of control. You were constantly "guarding" your food and they still got some. Now it's a 1000x times better. You see them occasionally but nowhere near the nuisance they once where. SECONDLY< SORRY FOR ALL CAPS< IN WINTER AVOID THE WATER VIEWS>... More 

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St. Paul, Minnesota
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Spent a few hours walking along the beach and checking out the park. We ended our day sitting on the beach to watch the sunset. Beautiful spot to watch the sunset & great pics! I would definitely recommend a visit!

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