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“Perfect for a quiet getaway” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fort De Soto Park

Fort De Soto Park
3500 Pinellas Bayway, Tierra Verde, FL 33715
727-582-2267
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching, Picnicking, Camping, Fishing
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
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Troy, New York
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“Perfect for a quiet getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

We've been going to Fort De Soto Park every December and January since December 2008. It's one of the few unspoiled beaches left in Florida...you won't find any hotels or restaurants (other than a couple of small snack bars) here! A perfect place to get away from all the noise that accompanies beaches along Gulf Boulevard.

If you haven't been here before, be sure to see the remains of the original fort. Climb to the top of the walkway above the fort grounds and you'll be rewarded with incredible views of the Gulf of Mexico. There's also a hiking/biking trail which runs the length of the entire park, which then heads north to Tierra Verde. East Beach offers a fantastic view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

We routinely bring a charcoal grill and make our dinner here, then watch the sunset. There are different sections of the beach, some busier than others. You can no longer grill on North Beach past the footbridge. There are charcoal pits available throughout the different beaches within the park, as well as running water and restrooms.

They introduced a parking fee of $5 per car in January of 2012. Yearly passes are available to reduce that cost. While the fee may keep some people away, in the long term the reduced attendance should serve to keep the park clean. People seem to respect the area and mostly clean up after themselves anyway.

Visited January 2012
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Great place to visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

The kayaking with the manatees was an amazing experience. Riding the bike trail was fun, too! Very beautiful park!

Visited March 2012
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Tampa, Florida
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“Part of the park for Doggies! YAY!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

Follow the signs to the Dog Park area with your canine friends! There is an enclosed area for Large dogs and one for small dogs. Water and shade, lots of room to run. Walk further past these enclosed areas to the dog beach! We took our 3 pound Chihuahua and it was such fun! People really enjoy their dogs here. Bring your chairs, it's not too far a walk from the parking area to the beach. Enjoy! p.s Unfortunately I could not see the balance of the park as dogs are not allowed in other areas. sorry...

Visited March 2012
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Okay public beach”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

The beach was okay, but the snack bar left much to be desired.

Visited March 2012
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palm harbor, florida
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“another wonderful unspoilt state park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

very big park , has rv lots, boat slips, bike rental, miles of unspoilt beach , history the old fort is really interesting

Visited January 2012
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