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Fort De Soto Park, Tierra Verde

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Spread over five islands connected by bridges and causeways, Fort De Soto Park has pearl-white beaches, green surroundings, and a fort with a small museum. Go swimming, canoeing, hiking, cycling, or simply rest. Dip your feet in the water or try fishing at the two piers, where you can also buy fishing supplies. A snack bar is at the fort. You can camp in the park, which attracts more than 2.7 million visitors annually. With our international travel planner, Tierra Verde attractions like Fort De Soto Park can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • My wife and I did not know what to expect. We finished our kayak tour and saw this park on the map. We wished we had more time, and we really wished we had brought a picnic lunch. Phila Deli was on... 
    My wife and I did not know what to expect. We finished our kayak tour and saw this park on the map. We wished we had more time, and we really wished we had brought a picnic lunch. Phila Deli was on...  more »
  • This is very exceptional and well maintained park. We saw here very nice sunset. Only negative side was red tide warnings at the beach. 
    This is very exceptional and well maintained park. We saw here very nice sunset. Only negative side was red tide warnings at the beach.  more »
  • This park has beautiful beaches and an historic fort to explore. There is a $5 fee to park anywhere in the park. They also have a small museum and gift shops. Something good to do in area. 
    This park has beautiful beaches and an historic fort to explore. There is a $5 fee to park anywhere in the park. They also have a small museum and gift shops. Something good to do in area.  more »
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  • Wait for the weirdness…. As a history lover, Fort De Soto was a super exciting attraction while living in St. Petersburg. The site has an incredible half-sunken lookout, as well as cannons, bunkers and detailed informational plaques explaining the history of the 200-year old fort. The attraction also has a gift shop, and snack bar for tourists and anyone exploring the site. Fort De Soto park has beautiful, crystal-clear water and a plethora of shells for collecting… however…. During a walk along the beach, i noticed a very off-putting odor coming from the water. There was a great deal of decaying-sponge sea life baking in the sun that beach-goers need to be careful to step around, and definitely avoid when laying down a towel. WORST PART ….. these fist-sized pieces of meaty flesh had washed up on shore. It took me a while to figure out what they might be, but when I realized that they were rotting pig feet, I decided I definitely didn’t want to swim in the water. Bummer. Not sure if it was shark bait had made it to shore but regardless… it’s reason enough to find a new beach. 👎🏼 History = 5 stars Beach = 1 star (maybe)
  • Raccoons here are no joke. At checking they notify you not to "feed" the raccoons, however it is much more serious than that. Do not leave Any garbage or food out even if you are sitting nearby including food in coolers and totes. The raccoons absolutely know how to open totes and coolers. It's best to just lock this stuff up in your vehicle. That being said if you keep your food and garbage locked up or put in the provided trash cans you should have no problems and a really lovely stay. One of my favorite places to camp.
  • Been coming here for years. Staff are friendly and helpful. The rest of the park speaks for itself. The only negative things are the potholes throughout the campground roads to campsites. They are muder on campers. Otherwise, this place rocks. Highly recommend it. I just hope I get a chance to come back sooner than later!
  • Just another beautiful west coast Florida area. Since the Brandon has prices are so high we will spend our cash in Florida. The beaches are gorgeous and the dog park is awesome along with the dog beach. The only bad part was the noseeums were bad at dusk and early morning. Definitely would camp here again.
  • Took Hubbard’s ferry out to Shell Key. It was about a 20 minute or so Ferry ride. Really cool people and really knowledgeable of the area. Went snorkeling & found some really cool shells and a few sand dollars. Weather was perfect and the crew on the ferry was very prompt when it came to the time to pick us up.

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