Fort De Soto Park

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Fort De Soto Park
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nnmercman
Camberley, UK13,261 contributions
We’re staying in the Orlando area but have vacationed in Florida many times over the years and been to the park a few times. It’s around 90 miles drive from Orlando but worth the effort as not only is it cheap to enter ($5 per car) but there are plenty of beach areas to choose from and no problems parking. We went to North Beach and the beach is only a short walk from the parking area (there’s also a small cafe selling snacks/drinks/beach stuff and clean rest rooms). The beach has a wide expanse of white sand and the waters are shallow for quite a way out, which makes it ideal for kids. Relax and enjoy!!
Written March 14, 2022
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flashsam7267
Knaresborough, UK2,180 contributions
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We came here in December and really enjoyed it.
As we were staying nearby we visited again twice within the last two weeks and both times spent around 7 hours there each time.

We arrived around 8am and took advantage of the low sun to walk a long way on the beach.

Lovely soft sand and great scenery including some roped off nesting areas with birds in.

Many birds around in the trees at the car parks. And osprey everywhere (at the top of most of the poles as well as just randomly in the trees)

We hired a bike for an hour which was hard work but enjoyable. And enjoyed walking on the pier watching the fishermen. Plenty of big birds on the pier hoping to get fed!

Plenty of restrooms dotted around although it would be nice to have some more water fountains (some of them don't even work so ensure you bring lots of drink with you, although there are places you can buy drinks from)

Costs $5 to get in (plus all the tolls on the way) but if you go on a good day then it feels like you're on your own private beach as there weren't many people around when we went.

Highly recommend this place and we will be back.
Written April 29, 2022
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John O
New York City, NY1,920 contributions
My wife and I were her Tue May 11, 2021. White powder sand, warm tranquil water, cafe, bicycles, birds, fish - it has it all. Parking is plentiful and it was $5 to enter, ask for maps at the gate. There are actually several beaches here among the islands. The Fort is maintained but not restored, please climb to the top for the views.
Written May 26, 2021
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Carrie W
Brooksville, FL34 contributions
My husband and I took our 5 month old Great Dane puppy to the Fort De Soto Dog Beach to get her some exercise and to help socialize her with other dogs. There were signs all over that said dogs had to be on a leash, so we kept her on a leash. As I was walking her along the water there were dogs ALL OVER running free. Dogs were coming up to her and jumping on her and humping her and knocking her to the ground. I was yelling no and get off and get away and for owners to come and get their f*cking dogs. No one seemed to care that there was a mob of dogs swarming my puppy and that she was scared and trying to hide behind me to get away from all these loose dogs! She is large, about 60 lbs., but she was obviously not enjoying herself. Plus there was poop everywhere. The irresponsible and awful dog owners made this a terrible day for us, and we will never go back there.
Written April 10, 2021
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flashsam7267
Knaresborough, UK2,180 contributions
Couples
We spent 5 hours here on New year's Eve.

Arrived just before 8am and it was really empty.
$5 to get in (plus numerous small tolls on the roads in the way in, including the skyway bridge)

If you stop just across the road after the entrance there's a short accessible trail. Not that exciting, but we did see dolphins in the sea just off one of the paths.

Enjoyed walking on both the piers and then parked at the North beach. Massive car park with restrooms and loads of entrances to the beach.
We went for a long walk on the beach and then sat for a while relaxing by the sea.

Parked and wandered round the fort. Not my idea of fun (would rather sit on a beach) but I'm sure some people would enjoy it.

Noticed that you could hire bikes at the beach car park just after the fort car park.
However there was no one there so no way to find out how much they cost or even hire a bike.
Maybe next time!

Parked at the East beach and went for a short walk. Great view of the skyway bridge from the left end of the beach but if you want to sit and relax I'd say the North beach is better.

Saw loads of osprey around sitting on light posts, as well as some parakeet in the North beach car park.

Highly recommend for a relaxing day, especially if you can go on a quiet day.
Written January 2, 2022
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Hy R
Orlando, FL265 contributions
Your $ 5 entry fee includes a beautiful park. There are miles of beaches and several fishing piers. Driving around the park feels like you're in a beautiful isolated part of Florida since there are not hotels, big buildings, jet skis or other distractions. The gift shops / snack bars looked closed due to COVID, but the restrooms were available and the piers were open. There is a small fort and a museum but we did not explore - just too hot in August.
If you want to go to the beach, this is a low cost option. $ 5 park entry fee covers your parking at least during the COVID times. There is also a small SunPass toll on the road leading to the park - maybe $ 1.00.
Written August 8, 2020
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mikeej99
Santa Barbara, CA135 contributions
The attraction is North beach! We were there on a Saturday and it was not crowded. The parking lot for North beach is huge and when we saw the beach we knew why. Extremely fine beautiful white sand and the beach is literally over 100 yards wide and very long. The shelling is so good because of a number of shallow sandbars that break the surf. We found a huge variety of shells and lots of sand dollars in about a foot of water between the sandbars. This is a great beach for kids as the sandbars make a lot of shallow, warm pools. Beyond the sandbars the swimming is very nice. Very gradually sloping sandy bottom. There are fairly clean bathrooms and showers.
Old Fort DeSoto is also on the site. It was built of concrete in 1894 for the Spanish American war and is not a very interesting structure. There are some old huge mortar emplacements and some other heavy giuns on display. You can walk on the top front wall of the fort for a nice view and the parapet has a ramp on the South end for the handicapped. There is a small museum that we did not visit because we ran out of time.There is also a snack bar that is open till 5. Admission is $5 per vehicle and can be paid at the entrance booth or at an automatic kiosk.
There is also a really nice campground that we are told is nearly impossible to get into.
Written February 22, 2020
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NJEben
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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.
Written December 29, 2020
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ziggy_camp
Memphis, TN595 contributions
Family
Both locals and tourists can enjoy the great outdoors at this park. Spacious and natural, this park also has all the rentals you need. There are opportunities for biking, beaching, fishing, paddle board, canoeing etc.

There are little convenience stores for snack and supplies, as well as restrooms. The park is large and well spaced out.

There is a toll booth on the way, and a parking fee (entrance to the park), rental fees for equipment - but all reasonably priced and nice access to tourists who may want to try several different activities.

You can spend an hour or a day.

And for this summer - you cannot best the space for having fun while social distancing.
Written May 31, 2020
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Ulisses S
Miami, FL42 contributions
Family
The park is located south-southwest of St. Petersburg, Florida, on five islands: Madelaine Key, St. Jean Key, St. Christopher Key, Bonne Fortune Key and the main island, Mullet Key.

In order to reach the park, the visitors will cross the bridges and causeways, providing a beautiful view.

In the past the islands were used for military fortifications, which remnants can be visited (there’s a museum exhibit its history).

The park is well maintained and offers hiking, bicycling and kayak trails (bikes and kayaks can be rented locally), beaches, picnic area, two piers, and a ferry to Egmont Key State Park.

The snack bars don’t offer a lot of options, limited to water, soda, lemon juice, hot dogs and ice cream, so if you are planning to spend a long time at the park, mind to take some food and drinks with you.
Written August 8, 2021
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