We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

Fort De Soto Park

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715-2529
Phone Number: 727-582-2267
Website
Book In Advance
More Info
$324.99*
and up
Ultimate Tampa Bay and Fort De Soto Helicopter Tour
More Info
$69.89*
and up
St Petersburg Speedboat Adventure

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 2,038 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1380
    Excellent
  • 408
    Very good
  • 97
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
My favorite beach

Growing up in Tampa, my favorite beach to go to was always Fort Desoto. I love walking out to the "islands" or sandbars. The fort itself is fun and educational. You can get some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Sabrina_Luvz2travel
,
Tampa, Florida
Add Photo Write a Review

2,038 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 1,916: English reviews
Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Growing up in Tampa, my favorite beach to go to was always Fort Desoto. I love walking out to the "islands" or sandbars. The fort itself is fun and educational. You can get some funny pictures behind bars in the fort.

Helpful?
Thank Sabrina_Luvz2travel
Hinckley, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Local recommendation, didn't disappoint it was beautiful. We spent the morning at north beach $5 to park, we hired sun beds and an umbrella $20. Clear turquoise water, white sand...little bit of paradise!

Helpful?
Thank samxx_13
Clermont, Florida
Level Contributor
40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Where can you go for $5 a day! 2 beaches (North & East), 2 fishing piers, lot of restrooms/shower facilities and plenty of parking, snack shops, tons of picnic tables and great white sandy beaches!! Lots of shells and birding to keep you busy. Saw many dolphins while walking the fishing piers! A great day at the beach!

Helpful?
Thank lakeloverNH
Level Contributor
49 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my go to spot when I decide to have a beach day. The drive isn't nearly as bad as going to one of the bigger name beaches. It's only $5 to park instead of the ridiculous $20 dollars that the other beaches charge. Most importantly it isn't packed full of belligerent "tourists" that are common at most area... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jason B
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the ferry over to the ferry over to the island and also explored the Fort and collected shells. My family enjoyed the history of it.

Helpful?
Thank Danita76
Rehoboth, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
136 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is pretty neat to explore. The fort is charming. Pretty interesting to see the guns in place that were there when the fort was in use. I've been to many forts from this era and I've never seen one with the guns in place. Interesting to see. The beach we visited was pretty nice. Calm relaxing water. Beach... More 

Helpful?
Thank SomePersonHere
Hobe Sound, Florida
Level Contributor
85 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Having spent considerable time during the summer visiting beaches along the panhandle of Florida from Pensacola to Santa Rosa and St Joe we were excited about visiting the highly rated Fort Desoto beach. Unfortunately it did not live up to its rating or compare in our opinion to Grayton Beach State Park in Santa Rosa Beach Fl or to Fort... More 

Helpful?
Thank Tim H
Level Contributor
31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The North Beach is absolutely beautiful! The beach is full of beautiful seashells that are in perfect shape. There were hardly any people on the beach so it felt as if you were on a private beach! The water was warm and gorgeous. There were birds walking up the beach with us. This was our first time visiting. We drove... More 

Helpful?
Thank Megan M
Leeuwarden
Level Contributor
170 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we went to see the sunset at the PIer, It is very nice to see the people fishing and all the birds just flying around. A lot of pelicans. The fort is a bit simple, and very empty, not much to see, but it was quiet, that I like.

Helpful?
Thank Pepusina
Florida
Level Contributor
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Two Fishing piers, picturesque historic area, clear crystal waters. Great family park. Relaxing experience. Affordable.

Helpful?
Thank JessTravelsFlorida

Travelers who viewed Fort De Soto Park also viewed

 

Been to Fort De Soto Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Fort De Soto Park and other visitors
28 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (28)

Questions? Get answers from Fort De Soto Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?