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Fort De Soto Park

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Fort De Soto Park

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3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715-2529
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Kayak Adventure of Shell Key Preserve & Island with a Local
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Kayak Adventure of Shell Key Preserve & Island with a Local

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You get an expert guide to show you through the mangrove tunnels (tide permitting) and time your adventure just right to give you the best chance at seeing dolphins & manatees who only visit the area at certain times of the day. You also get time to explore Shell Key, whether that means shelling, swimming, snorkeling, or simply enjoying the view. Keep in mind our tours take place in a shallow saltwater preserve. There are no alligators, and most of the water is knee to waist-deep; perfect for both beginners and experts. Growing up here in St. Petersburg has given me more experience in Shell Key than any other kayak company. Kayaking is one of my favorite things to do. This has allowed me the opportunity to find all the best kayaking spots and to accumulate the local knowledge to give you a true Florida experience, something other kayak companies just can’t do. I started this kayaking company to share these places with you.
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Karen R wrote a review Jan 6
Asheville, North Carolina112 contributions56 helpful votes
Went there as we discovered - thanks to a friendly cop - that St Pete's beaches are all "no dogs." He let us off with a warning but told us to check out the dog beach at Fort de Soto. It was a little hard to find - it's behind the dog parks - but was great fun for our Lab who was in and out of the sea with joy. We went at 7 am when park opened to avoid a lot of people/dogs as wasn't sure how that would work out. Was quiet and wonderful. We didnt have time to explore the rest of the park but this would be a wonderful place to spend a day - no developments/hotels/restaurants/commerce. It was beautiful. Would definitely come back to walk/sit and appreciate the bird life (we saw osprey in nests) and nature.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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DiverM wrote a review Jan 3
Jupiter, Florida415 contributions106 helpful votes
We enjoyed this park which is quite large. We hope to return for camping. We toured the historic area and walked along the water. There are paved trails for biking and skating. There are also nice areas for paddling. There are many areas in the park so even if it is windy you can go to the Leeward side which is calm. There are also lots of shady areas for those who wish to avoid the sun.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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NJEben wrote a review Dec 2020
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We drove to the park on a chillier day to find some outdoor excursions. They had bike rentals for a nice 6-7 mile loop. We also hiked around the museum and fort area as well as walked along the beaches. Since it was too cold to be in the water, the park was very empty so we had no problem social distancing. We did not bring a picnic, but there were many beautiful areas with table where we could have brought a lunch. We will visit again, and only $5.00 to enter the park. Super inexpensive activity.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Monica G wrote a review Dec 2020
Orlando, Florida2 contributions
Views were the best I've seen for the beaches on the gulf. Shallow, bathwater warm water, numerous sand bars and tide pools..
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Date of experience: June 2020
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bradystark638 wrote a review Nov 2020
Springfield, Missouri54 contributions28 helpful votes
It cost $5 per. car to get in the park. The beaches were great. We found several sand dollars. The picnic area was clean and had covered tables. The bathrooms were clean. Had a great day
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Date of experience: November 2020
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