Fort DeSoto State Park

Park, Monument / Landmark, and Beach
3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715, United States
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 6:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 11:00 AM–3:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Wed–Thu
    • 11:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
8.9/10

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jennifer m.

    wow so nice and i love it😊

    Jennifer matamoros · 1 week ago
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  • Yanira R.

    Super nice for an afternoon walk, sightseeing alongside the beach and cannons!

    Yanira Rios · October 5, 2014
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  • Terry C.

    Great old fort, more of American history saved

    Terry C · October 2, 2014
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  • Dave G.

    Have a four legged furry friend? Check out their dog beach! It is awesome. But please, pick up after your dogs and don't throw it in the water. People and dogs are swimming plus it's nasty & rude!

    Dave G · August 12, 2014
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  • Amy

    My absolute favorite park.

    Amy · August 8, 2014
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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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