Fort De Soto Park, commonly spelled Fort Desoto Park, is a County and National Park along with being on the National Historic Landmark Registery. The park is located on an island just south of St Pete Beach and near Mullet and Egmont Keys. The island is known for the fort which was used during the Civil War and Spanish-American War. Now it is a landmark that you can view along with lots of other entertainment on the island. Fort DeSoto offers camping with beach lots and boat ramps, beaches with picnic areas, a dog park and dog beach, bird watching sanctuary, kayaking, bike trails, fishing pier, and more.
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Such a great place to bring the kids and your dogs! The beach is perfect for everyone but especially your dogs. It is such a nice beach with such a great park.
I highly recommend checking out Fort De Soto Park. They have beautiful beaches, hiking trails, places to picnic, fishing and so much more. Spend a whole day at Fort De Soto.
Pros: The scenery is amazing, beautiful beaches and the park is a great place to go when you want to get away from all the congestion of Clearwater and St Petersburg. Plenty of options for spending the whole day at Fort De Soto Park.
Cons: The dog beach is sometimes over crowded.
Easy access and lots of options for play - biking, swimming and a dog park too!
I go a lot for the dog beach because there is a LARGE fenced in dog park and the dog beach is the best! There are great dogs there and people take pride in the beach so it is clean. I haven't gone camping there yet but want to go so bad. Make sure to make reservations, though, because they book up a lot. Some months require reservations 3 months out!
Pros: Something free to do and offers all kinds of outdoor recreation from kayaking, hiking, running and biking trails to dog beach and more.
Cons: Far from my house and tolls to get there but it is well worth it.