Visit Fort De Soto Beach Florida

Written by  SomedayTrips

Family travel to the St. Petersburg and Tampa area of Florida should include a visit to Fort De Soto Park. The park is comprised of five offshore keys, or islands: Madelaine Key, St. Jean Key, St. Christopher Key, Bonne Fortune Key and the main island, Mullet Key. Access to the park is via bridge or causeway using a toll road from the mainland. Historically, the islands were used for military fortifications; remnants and a museum exhibits this history. A great way to get some beach time and U.S. history in a one-day trip to the keys. Two piers, beaches, picnic area, hiking trails, bicycling trails, kayak trail, and a ferry to Egmont Key State Park are available.

 

The park is open year-round and has the following features:

Several thousand acres of firm-bottomed shallows, making the area a favored destination of wading anglers
Two piers, each allowing fishing. Both have bait, tackle and food concessions.
Various picnic areas.
Fort De Soto, built in 1898, abandoned in phases 1910 to 1948.
Quartermaster Storehouse Museum.
Two swimming areas, North Beach and East Beach. North Beach has been named to America's Top 10 Beaches list by Dr. Beach numerous times. In 2005 it moved to the first place in this list, being recognized as America's Best Beach.[1][2]
800-foot boat ramp.

2¼ mile canoe trail.
Barrier-free nature trail.
Camping area with a camp store, modern restrooms and laundry room.
Snack bar with gift shop at the old fort.
Seven-mile multi-purpose trail.
Paw Playground, an area to exercise pets.
Ferry to Egmont Key, site of Egmont Key State Park.

(source wikipedia)

 

 

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