Fort De Soto Park

Popular Fort De Soto Park covers 1,136 acres spread across five islands on the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Wander along spacious, pristine beaches, explore a Spanish-America War-era fort, ride bikes along a seven-mile paved path, kayak in protected waters and play in the surf with your dog.

Family-Friendly Park

Fort De Soto Park’s wide, flat North Beach is known for being perfect for families. Kids can play on the pirate ship playground, then head to the beach to splash in the gentle waves. Afterward, climb to the top of the fort to see cannons and sweeping views. 

Bike, Paddle and Fish in the Park

The park's seven-mile, paved trail is a favorite among walkers, runners and cyclists. Rent a canoe or kayak in the park and look for turtles, anhingas and dolphins. At the Dog Beach and Paw Playground, let your dog play off-leash by the water. Drop a line from the fishing pier near the dog beach, and pick up supplies at the bait and tackle shop.

Camp by the Water

Some of the campsites at Fort De Soto Park have views of the clear water and mangrove keys, and all have water, electricity, charcoal grills and picnic tables. Reserve a spot well in advance of your visit.

Accessibility at Fort De Soto Park

Fort De Soto Park is quite accessible to wheelchair users and other people with mobility challenges. The paved trail is great for wheelchair users. Other accessible areas of the park include the gift shop, snack shop and fort. There are also five beach wheelchairs available for use. 

Little-Known Fact About Fort De Soto Park

Built for the Spanish-American War, the fort was finished after the war ended and never fired a hostile shot.

accessible features

  • Beach wheelchair available

activities offered on site

  • Bicycle Rental
  • Canoe Rental
  • Kayak Rental

camping facilities

  • RV Sites
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Tent Sites

general information

  • Accessible by boat
  • Family-friendly
  • Free admission
  • Free parking on-site
  • Pets on leash allowed

marina details

  • Bait & Tackle
  • Number of Slips 11

on site facilities services

  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Ramp
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Restaurant
  • Restrooms

park activities

  • Bicycling
  • Boat Access
  • Designated Dog Zone
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking & Canoeing
  • Paddleboarding
  • Playground

rates times

  • Time to Experience Activity Half day

status alerts

  • Additional information 7am-sunset

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