Fort De Soto is a 1,136-acre county park that was named one of Petside.com's Top 10 Dog-Friendly beaches and one of the South's Best Dog Parks by Southern Living magazine. Dogs are allowed anywhere in the park on a six-foot leash, just not on the main beaches. That's because they have their own beach, in a fenced in Paw Playground that's divided into separate sections for small and large dogs. Here your furry friends can run off leash in the warm Florida sun or go for a splash in the Gulf of Mexico. There are even amenities like cooling stations with showers and dog-level water fountains to keep your pet comfortable.
You'll find the playground just before you reach the turnoff for the fort. Paw Playground is open daily from 7 am to sundown, 365 days a year, unless otherwise posted. Parking is in the Bay Pier parking lot.
Human amenities at Fort De Soto include camping, nature trails, concessions, lifeguards, picnic areas, playgrounds, bathhouses, restrooms, showers and wheelchair access.