Families should put Fort De Soto Park on their must-do list while visiting St. Pete/Clearwater for two reasons. The first is the amazing expanse of white sand at Fort De Soto’s North Beach, where tidal variations result in kid-friendly lagoon pools and sandbars perfect for exploring. (There’s also a pirate ship-themed playground adjacent to North Beach.) Fort De Soto Park has won many awards including “Best Family Beach” from both Parents magazine and USA Today.
When you’re done playing in the sand at North Beach, it’s time to explore the Spanish American-era fort that is the park’s namesake. Here, kids can run in and out of the cool cement-block chambers that are under the fort – they just happen to be perfect places to shout out a greeting or sing a song. Kids find the other-worldly acoustics fascinating. Don’t miss it.
With 35 miles of soft sands fringed by blue-green water, there’s no shortage of beaches for families to explore in St. Pete/Clearwater. Check out our list here to find more great beach spots for your family vacation.