If you ever find yourself visiting the Clearwater, St. Petersburg or overall Tampa Bay area Florida, and love the outdoors, be sure to visit Fort De Soto Park.
It is a park operated by Pinellas County and is comprised of five islands or offshore keys: Bonne Fortune Key, Mullet Key, St. Christopher Key, St. Jean Key and Madelaine Key.
It was established on December 21, 1962 and was named as North America’s best beach in 2005 and has received many under awards over the years.
If you are a history buff, the islands were actually used as military fortifications and there still exists the military base that has been converted into a museum.there are numerous biking trails, hiking trails, kayak trails as well as great beaches, picnic areas and piers to do some great fishing from.
If you love to camp, the campground is beautiful and extremely well-maintained for either tent campers or RV campers. There are numerous concession stands providing food, bait and tackle depending on what interests you.
It is extremely popular destination for all of those people who live in Florida and for many passing through. You have the opportunity to rent kayaks, can use or other boats to explore the island city and all of the lagoons.
The actual park is made up of 1136 acres and is home to many mangroves, hardwoods, wetlands and many different kinds of beach plants. It was also named America’s top beach in 2009 by Trip Advisor and average is an animal Park attendance of more than 2.7 million visitors.
If you love to swim at the beach is, there are lifeguards on staff. If you are the hiking type, the multipurpose trail is a 7 mile paved trail that connects to North Beach, East Beach the boat ramp and the camping area. Fortunately, no motorized vehicles are allowed to be used on this trail making it a quiet and peaceful experience.
If you are visiting the Tampa Bay area, make sure to include Fort De Soto as one of your stops!!!
Check out this video for an online experience of Fort De Soto…