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Fort DeSoto State Park

Park, Monument / Landmark, and Beach
Tierra Verde
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8.8/10
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  • Beacon W.
    "yet deep enough to see dolphins"(4 Tips)
    Kelly
    "The dog beach is great too."(3 Tips)
    G$
    "North beach is the best beach in pinellas county."(3 Tips)
    Beacon W.
    "Great spot to look at the Skyway Bridge while you relax."(2 Tips)
63 Tips and reviews
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  • Jodie C.
    Jodie CainSeptember 5, 2012
    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" :)
  • Dave G.
    Dave GAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MuldowneyJune 19, 2015
    Awesome, Great place for a leisurely walk just make sure to slap on some sunscreen and take a drink. Sometime there's dolphins and manatees at the end of the pier.
  • Parents Magazine
    Parents MagazineJuly 13, 2011
    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.”
  • TBOcom
    TBOcomApril 20, 2011
    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
  • DonTonTingo
    DonTonTingoAugust 1, 2015
    Cool State park but bring a bike cuz it's huge otherwise you'll drive to each area. Check out the fort. Nothing crazy but free.
  • WorldStrides
    WorldStridesApril 6, 2011
    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
  • TBOcom
    TBOcomMay 20, 2011
    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
  • Yanira R.
    Yanira RiosOctober 5, 2014
    Super nice for an afternoon walk, sightseeing alongside the beach and cannons!
  • Beacon W.
    Beacon WindowsJanuary 1, 2012
    Great spot to look at the Skyway Bridge while you relax. We love taking the dog and RV and spending the day.
  • TBOcom
    TBOcomMay 20, 2011
    A great beach with campgrounds, picnic areas, bike trails, boat ramps and fishing piers. (The Short List: Top 5 beaches.) Read more
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhAugust 15, 2015
    Great place for a picnic. Come early to get a bench, shade & most importantly, the grill!
  • Kelly
    KellyApril 15, 2010
    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!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McGeeverFebruary 26, 2010
    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
  • Matt S.
    Matt StarrFebruary 24
    Great view of the Skyway bridge from this park, lots of birds, dolphins and wildlife
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGSeptember 26, 2015
    Beautiful state park with tons of activities. All day parking pass is $5.
  • Beacon W.
    Beacon WindowsJanuary 1, 2012
    This spot is a great place to kayak around... shallow enough to get out and yet deep enough to see dolphins frolicking.
  • Jacque R.
    Jacque RompreyFebruary 11, 2012
    One of my most favorite campgrounds in Florida. Awesome sunsets delivered right to your site!
  • Visit St. Pete / Clearwater
    Try kayaking the mangrove trails! Post a picture of your park adventure when you check in and tag #WhereSummerRocks.
  • G$
    G$June 3, 2013
    North beach is the best beach in pinellas county. All others overrated
  • ★Bryan★
    ★Bryan★July 5, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    You can see Fourth of July fireworks from St. Pete Beach from the campground.
  • Victoria M.
    Victoria MathenyOctober 13, 2015
    This is the best place. So quiet. And lovely. Clear water.
  • Whirled F.
    Whirled FamousSeptember 16
    Dog beach!!
    Upvoted Sep 16
  • Anthony B.
    Anthony BurgosAugust 23, 2011
    Love love love this place. Can't wait to camp here. Dog friendly!
  • Eva 🐾 B.
    Eva 🐾 BanovaMay 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to spend a whole day and enjoy nature.
  • Amy
    AmyAugust 8, 2014
    My absolute favorite park.
  • Megan P.
    Megan PaskasMarch 16, 2012
    Beautiful beach! Its our personal favorite.
  • Terry C.
    Terry COctober 2, 2014
    Great old fort, more of American history saved
  • Scott T.
    Scott ThompsonDecember 1, 2009
    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.
  • Matt K.
    Matt KindellMarch 24, 2012
    Stop by the Snack Shop and pick up a Cookie Dough Ice Cream Waffle Cone!
  • Shay W.
    Shay WorthingNovember 2, 2015
    I camp here as often as possible
  • Judy B.
    Judy BarrettMarch 17, 2012
    Fort has reopened. Ramps and stairs to the top
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SmithJuly 29, 2013
    There are hundreds of crabs by me.
  • Brennen C.
    Brennen CollierMarch 31, 2015
    Never a bad experience here! It's a good fishing spot too!
  • Maximiliano C.
    Maximiliano CunhaSeptember 22, 2015
    Nature in a place with local people.
  • Jennifer m.
    Jennifer matamorosMarch 15, 2015
    wow so nice and i love it😊
  • Larry M.
    Larry MilesApril 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Book 6 months in advance to get a prime waterfront site
  • John Davis R.
    John Davis RorerMarch 16, 2013
    Do not ride the manatees! No joke some crazy lady that not long ago and got arrested! They are so lovable!
  • Chris S.
    Chris StewartFebruary 12, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Tampa Bay Whippet meet up the 3rd Sunday of each month.
  • Anna M.
    Anna MNovember 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Awaking when fogs present!
  • Connie S.
    Connie SMarch 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Rented kayaks. Price was good & people who worked there were friendly
  • Robert S.
    Robert ShepardNovember 3, 2012
    Nice beach great views
  • Justin H.
    Justin HoodJune 9, 2012
    Now they charge $5 to enter the park, not cool!!
  • Jonathan
    JonathanOctober 26, 2015
    Epic Birding can be done here.
  • Anna M.
    Anna MNovember 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best beach ever!!!
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SmithJuly 29, 2013
    They should rename this park to Crabs Park...
  • Kayla A.
    Kayla AntonioAugust 23, 2011
    Great beach for a hot hard rock photoshoot!
  • Ray M.
    Ray MaclarenMay 20, 2011
    Grab a fresh squeezed lemonade! Delicious.
  • Gary G.
    Gary GorkeApril 30, 2012
    Great windsurfing at the mouth of Tampa Bay
  • Veronica M.
    Veronica MedinaNovember 27, 2015
    Great for dogs
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