• Fort DeSoto Park - Tierra Verde, Florida

      Photo by Michael Roth
      This former military base near the mouth of Tampa Bay is now the largest park in the area. Highlights include the historic fort and museum, two fishing piers, miles of hiking and biking trails, a campground, and 3 miles of white sand beaches. The beach has been awarded as the Best Beach in America by multiple publications.

      If you go:
      Park admission is $5 per day, plus $1.25 to cross a pair of toll bridges needed to reach the park. Concessions stands in the park offer food, bike and kayak rentals, and beach supplies.


      3500 Pinellas Bayway S
      Tierra Verde, Florida 33715 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Park and Campground Office
      +1 (727) 582-2267

      Kayak Rentals
      +1 (727) 864-1991

      Campground Store
      +1 (727) 866-9191