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“Pinellas County Gem” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fort De Soto Park

Fort De Soto Park
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Ultimate Tampa Bay and Fort De Soto Helicopter Tour
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Tierra Verde, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Pinellas County Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

Many people visiting St. Pete Beach and Clearwater miss out on visiting this paradise, but once here people love it and want to return. Because it's such an impressive place people assume it must be a state park, but it's actually a county park. The main attraction is North Beach, Dr. Beach's number one beach for 2005, although swimming is available at East Beach, as well. If you just have an hour or two take the short tour. Enter the park (fee $5) and turn left when you get to the flag. Drive to the end of the road and check out the view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Return the same way you came but go past the flag and keep driving west. The road will bend to the right. Drive north until you reach the Arrowhead Picnic area and turn right there. Drive slowly through the wooded area. Note that there is a nature trail at one point on the right. If you do the entire trail, including the spur trail, it will take about a half hour at a brisk pace. As you drive further you will see picnic benches overlooking the water. As you exit the picnic area just turn into the parking lot for North Beach. Park your car and take a walk on the beach. Go right and keep following the beach until you can't walk any further. Turn back and walk south this time until you reach the bird sanctuary area. Fort DeSoto is home to a diverse bird population, both resident and migratory. It's very important to obey the signs and not to bother the birds. Get back to your car and drive to the fort area. You can explore the fort and even walk on top of it. Nearby is the Gulf Pier-take a walk on the pier and watch the fishermen or look for dolphins. There's a nice gift shop and snack bar in this area, too. Snack bars are on the Gulf Pier and at North Beach, but the main one is north of the fort. Traveling east you pads the Bay Pier on the right, this is shorter than the Gulf a Pier and you can get shuttles to Egmont Key State Park from here. East of the Bay Pier is the dog park and dog beach. If you're interested in an easy, accessible nature trail park at the ranger station by the flag and watch for the trail entrance on the right. There's another nature trail that is never very busy; access to that is at the a East Beach parking lot. There are so many things to do at the park-ride bikes in the miles of trails, kayak or canoe, swim, picnic, fish, walk the nature trails, exercise your dog, explore a fort, bird watch, watch sunrises over the Skyway and sunsets over the Gulf at North Beach.

Visited April 2014
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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“Great spot for many activities”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

If I dropped you in a kayak in the middle of the park, you would not know that you were not in a lovely spot in the Keys. There are a variety of activities here from boating and fishing to folks in their ultra lights enjoying the surroundings. I do not go in my boat anymore, I take a kayak form one of the boat ramps. Have had luck with snook, reds and trout.

Visited March 2014
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Tierra Verde, Florida
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“One of the best beaches in Florida”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

Ft De Soto park offers so much for any visitor. The park has great walking and biking trails, boat launch facilities, camping and kayaking. There are multiple piers where you can fish and a fabulous "doggie park" where your pets can run free on beach front property. The park has beautiful beaches and facilities to change or shower and a historic fort and museum for you history buffs. I'm fortunate that I live on the island of Tierra Verde and have this wonderful park to visit at leisure.

Visited April 2014
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Beautiful Beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

This is one of the best beaches in Fl and even though they have added a 5.00 fee on entering the park it is way worth it. The fort boat rides to Egmont key fishing on the pier or that long bicycle path with a breath taking view

Visited September 2013
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St. Petersburg, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Best beaches anywhere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

They charge $5 to park but well worth it. Best beaches, fishing, camping, kayaking, sailing, you name it... It's a beautiful, tropical oasis with bike paths, walking paths, and did I mention the best beaches????

Visited March 2014
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