While visiting my family in St. Pete, FL, I took my dog to Fort DeSoto. It’s a huge ocean front park at the end of a string of islands. South of St. Pete Beach and Tierre Verde lies this gem that “Dr. Beach” even named the #1 US Beach in 2005. In addition to being stunningly beautiful, the park itself has so much to offer…
Below is a comprehensive list and links to the park website. What I went for was the dog beach. Having grown up here, I’m a water person. I think I have water in my veins and I wanted to share the beach with my pup Abby.
Ft. DeSoto has a fenced dog park and a beach where dogs are allowed off leash. It’s unusual to find a dog beach, much less one so beautiful. We got there early and had the whole place to ourselves for at least an hour! Abby had a blast running around with other dogs, chasing balls, and napping in the shade. I was thrilled, too! It was 80 degrees, sunny, perfect.
It looks like I might move back home sometime soon and I can’t wait to spend more time here with her. If you’re planning a FL trip, check out Ft. DeSoto and its unparalleled beauty:
– Over 7 miles of waterfront, including almost three miles of the finest white sand beach in the United States.
– An 800-foot-long boat launching facility with eleven floating docks.
– A 238-site family camping area with facilities
– Two fishing piers–one on Tampa Bay (500 feet long) and the other on the Gulf (1,000 feet long). Each pier has a food and bait concession.
– Fourteen reservable large group picnic shelters
– Twenty storm-resistant public restroom buildings
– Dog Park and beach
– A 6.8 mile, 12-foot-wide asphalt recreation trail connects the campground with the North and East Beach Swim Centers and the historic fort.
– A 2.25-mile recreational canoe trail.
– A 1-mile nature trail in the Arrowhead Picnic area, and a 3/4 mile nature trail in the Soldiers’ Hole area provides a glimpse of some the native fauna and flora.
– Quartermaster Museum
– 2,200 foot Barrier-Free Nature Trail is a self-guided interpretive trail providing access to nature for all visitors to Fort De Soto Park, regardless of their physical abilities.