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Fort De Soto Park
Type: Beaches, History Museums, Military, Museums, Outdoor Activities, Parks, Water Sports
Consistently ranked as one of America's best family beaches and a favorite with locals and savvy visitors alike, Fort De Soto Park offers a wide range of activities for the whole family, not limited... Read More
Consistently ranked as one of America's best family beaches and a favorite with locals and savvy visitors alike, Fort De Soto Park offers a wide range of activities for the whole family, not limited just to the beach. The historic landmark is the fort located on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. It was built for the Spanish-American War, yet it never fired a hostile shot. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, it offers a fun opportunity for visitors to explore its canons and jail cells. Local denizens offering year-round viewing include dolphins, sea turtles, pelicans, egrets, pelicans and more. The 900-acre park offers more than two miles of self-guided trails, which take about two hours to paddle along mangroves, oyster bars and seagrass beds. Along the way, you'll get up-close-and-personal with sea-life, including manatees (March through November) and other creatures of the deep. Dogs will enjoy Dog Beach and Paw Playground. Other amenities include showers, lifeguards, camping and fishing.
3500 Pinellas Bayway S
Tierra Verde, FL 33715
- Park: Daily; 8am-dusk
- Museum: Daily; 9am-4pm
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: With seven miles of beautiful white-sand beaches, Fort De Soto Park is truly one of the best beaches for families - and dogs!
- Best for Beaches Because: It's more than just a gorgeous beach. The park offers hiking trails, and campsites and the fort adds certain magic.
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