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Fort Desoto Park

The Park

1,136 acre refuge spread over 5 interconnected islands (keys)!

Plant Life to Bird Life to Sea Life to Wild Life! The beach provides refuge to the loggerhead sea turtle, which nests between April to September.

Located at 3500 Pinellas Bayway South in Tierra Verde. The park is open daily from 7:00 a.m. until dark.

  • Beaches and Swimming
  • Boating and Fishing and Fishing Piers
  • Nature Trails
  • Hiking
  • Bird Watching – over 328 species of birds!
  • Picnicking
  • Camping
  • Canoeing and Kayaking – 2.25 mile recreational canoe trail
  • 2.5 acre Dog Park with beachfront

Bird Life


Who Is Watching Whom???

Osprey Catching Lunch


Lunch is Served!

Plant Life

Sea Life

Fort De Sota Gulf Pier Area

The Fort

The fort, built at the start of the 20th century, still stands! The Quartermaster Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Data Booth

Vent Shafts

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Fort De Soto Park has a spectacular view of the Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay!

The Bob Graham (former U.S. Senator and Governor) Sunshine Skyway Bridge is 21,877 feet in total length or 4.1 miles! The bridge is part of I-275 (SR 93) and US 19 (SR 55). The bridge connects St. Petersburg in Pinellas County and Terra Ceia in Manatee County passing through Hillsborough County. The bridge was designed by the Figg & Muller Engineering Group. Who also designed the Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys.

Heading Out of the Park


(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Exploring!

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