Fort DeSoto Park

Park, Monument / Landmark, and Beach
3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715, United States
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  • Today
    • 11:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 11:00 AM–3:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 11:00 AM–4:00 PM
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People talk about:

  • "... a Spanish-American War fort, a fishing pier" (7 tips)
  • "Rented kayaks. Price was good & people who worked there..." (5 tips)
  • "The North Beach is amazing! So beautiful! The dog beach is..." (3 tips)
  • TBOcom

    Dogs can bark obnoxiously and frolic playfully in their own little water world a few steps from one of the nation's top-rated beaches. (The Short List: Top 5 dog parks.) Read more

    TBOcom · May 20, 2011
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  • TBOcom

    A great beach with campgrounds, picnic areas, bike trails, boat ramps and fishing piers. (The Short List: Top 5 beaches.) Read more

    TBOcom · May 20, 2011
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  • TBOcom

    Excellent beaches, campgrounds, picnic areas and bike trails, as well as its namesake Army post. The Short List: one of our top 5 best places to take your guests. Read more

    TBOcom · April 20, 2011
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  • Charles B.

    Coastal artillery emplacement from ~1900. Beautiful park now. Read more

    Charles Burgess · November 21, 2009
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  • Jodie C.

    Site 205 is great! Shaded, close to bathrooms, waterfront. Great sunset view and have seen lots of wildlife-- including dolphins swimming around right in our temp "backyard" :)

    Jodie Cain · September 5, 2012
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  • Ray M.

    5/20/2011: under construction no access to the fort. :(

    Ray Maclaren · May 20, 2011
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  • Charlie V.

    A very nice place to go relax!

    Charlie Vance · August 14, 2010
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  • Hannah N.

    Skip the Fort, the North Beach is better.

    Hannah Nguyen · March 30, 2010
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  • Visit St. Pete / Clearwater

    Try kayaking the mangrove trails! Post a picture of your park adventure when you check in and tag #WhereSummerRocks.

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  • ★Bryan★

    You can see Fourth of July fireworks from St. Pete Beach from the campground.

    ★Bryan★ · July 5, 2012
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  • Tall G.

    Have a great time

    Tall Guy · June 17, 2012
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  • Justin H.

    Now they charge $5 to enter the park, not cool!!

    Justin Hood · June 9, 2012
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  • Megan P.

    Beautiful beach! Its our personal favorite.

    Megan Paskas · March 16, 2012
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  • Jacque R.

    One of my most favorite campgrounds in Florida. Awesome sunsets delivered right to your site!

    Jacque Romprey · February 11, 2012
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  • Kayla A.

    Great beach for a hot hard rock photoshoot!

    Kayla Antonio · August 23, 2011
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  • Parents Magazine

    This beach is perfect for a family-fun day. Not only is the water super clean, the large lagoon doesn’t get above three feet deep, making a “natural kiddie pool.”

    Parents Magazine · July 13, 2011
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  • Eagle B.

    Fort closed for restoration!

    Eagle Beagle · June 20, 2011
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  • Ray M.

    Grab a fresh squeezed lemonade! Delicious.

    Ray Maclaren · May 20, 2011
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  • Connie S.

    Rented kayaks. Price was good & people who worked there were friendly

    Connie S · March 31, 2011
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  • Kelly

    The North Beach is amazing! So beautiful! The dog beach is great too. So much to do here...camping, kayaking, biking, great trails, voted best beach. A must visit!

    Kelly · April 15, 2010
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  • Kevin M.

    Named best American beach in 2005 by Stephen Leatherman. Great campsites on the water, kayaking and canoeing, mangroves, sea birds, a Spanish-American War fort, a fishing pier Read more

    Kevin McGeever · February 26, 2010
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  • Scott T.

    Go to Fort Desoto Park, make sure you bring lunch, sit on top of the big canon,eat lunch, and bask in the beauty around you.

    Scott Thompson · December 1, 2009
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  • frank b.

    Good place to fish

    frank butler · November 24, 2009
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  • Susan E.

    Great park

    Susan Ernst · August 13, 2013
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  • Nicole S.

    There are hundreds of crabs by me.

    Nicole Smith · July 29, 2013
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  • Nicole S.

    They should rename this park to Crabs Park...

    Nicole Smith · July 29, 2013
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  • G $.

    North beach is the best beach in pinellas county. All others overrated

    G $ · June 3, 2013
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  • John Davis R.

    Do not ride the manatees! No joke some crazy lady that not long ago and got arrested! They are so lovable!

    John Davis Rorer · March 16, 2013
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  • Robert S.

    Nice beach great views

    Robert Shepard · November 3, 2012
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  • Mike E.

    Considered one of the best beaches in America. Water is usually clear and calm and not as crowded as most city beaches. Takes a little time to get there.

    Mike Evans · October 19, 2012
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  • Joe E.

    Don't get caught in the rain at the fort the park floods

    Joe Ellis · May 16, 2012
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  • Gary G.

    Kitesurfing haven

    Gary Gorke · April 30, 2012
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  • Gary G.

    Great windsurfing at the mouth of Tampa Bay

    Gary Gorke · April 30, 2012
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  • Matt K.

    Stop by the Snack Shop and pick up a Cookie Dough Ice Cream Waffle Cone!

    Matt Kindell · March 24, 2012
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  • Judy B.

    Fort has reopened. Ramps and stairs to the top

    Judy Barrett · March 17, 2012
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  • Beacon W.

    This spot is a great place to kayak around... shallow enough to get out and yet deep enough to see dolphins frolicking.

    Beacon Windows · January 1, 2012
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  • Beacon W.

    Great spot to look at the Skyway Bridge while you relax. We love taking the dog and RV and spending the day.

    Beacon Windows · January 1, 2012
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  • Oren S.

    Gonna do some kiting

    Oren Smith · December 3, 2011
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  • Michelle J.

    Beware of the clowns!

    Michelle J. · October 15, 2011
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  • Anthony B.

    Love love love this place. Can't wait to camp here. Dog friendly!

    Anthony Burgos · August 23, 2011
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  • Daryl T.

    Camp site 4 is best spot

    Daryl Thompson · July 27, 2011
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  • Daryl T.

    Camp site 4 is the best spot

    Daryl Thompson · July 27, 2011
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  • WorldStrides

    Interesting Fun Fact: Egmont Key was used as a prison for captured Seminole Indians during the Seminole Wars and was occupied by Union forces during the Civil War in an effort to block supplies to the

    WorldStrides · April 6, 2011
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  • Larry M.

    Book 6 months in advance to get a prime waterfront site

    Larry Miles · April 4, 2011
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  • Chris S.

    Tampa Bay Whippet meet up the 3rd Sunday of each month.

    Chris Stewart · February 12, 2011
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  • Sunje S.

    This is our spot, we claimed it first. Go find your own.

    Sunje Schwarz · April 10, 2010
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  • Mark M.

    Go to the east end for fishing because it's not as crowded.

    Mark Meyers · April 6, 2010
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  • Samla Fotoagentur w.

    Natur Pur !

    Samla Fotoagentur www.samla.de · November 22, 2011
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