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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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Norwich, UK
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72 reviews 72 reviews
10 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Wow, what a place. As you have to pay the princely sum of $5 to gain access to the park it seems to have very quiet exclusive beaches. We went for the day and setup camp on North Beach, hired some chairs and most importantly a parasol and were set for the day. We had a picnic did lots of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Great for fishing. My husband goes frequently kayak fishing here. We've never camped here but you can find a nice shaded area to park, fish on the edge, set up a cook-out, bike ride or hit the beach which by the way is excellent. Waves are calm and beach is fairly clean; always depends on how well we as visitors... More

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Lakeland, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We live in Lakeland and have traveled to Fort Desoto Park several times over the years. Not only is there a beach, but you can picnic with your family, friends and loved ones comfortably, with plenty of picnic tables to choose from and lots of shade from the sun under the array of trees lining the picnic area. The picnic... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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
4 helpful votes 4 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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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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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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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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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
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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