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Distance

1 miles

Elevation Gain

0 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Sophie Lamarche

Can you imagine a beautiful place where you can run, camp, swim, bike, take photos, fish and do water sports all in one place? If you love to do any of these things Fort De Soto Park is the place for you!

Fort De Soto Park located on the beautiful Gulf Coast in Florida, you can see tons of marine life, and there are ample activities to keep you busy. You can choose to spend your day walking or running on the beach, you can go snorkeling and looking for sand dollars or you can cycle up and down the length of the park. 

There is a park entrance of $5 per day. At the park there are many things you can do. If you choose you can bike around the park as there is a bike trail, or if you just want to go for a fun, short ride, you can rent bikes for a small fee. You can also spend the day chilling on the beach soaking in the sun and looking out over the beautiful turquoise water. You can also choose to go swimming in the cool water and search for sand dollars and cool shells. There is a pier where you can fish off of, but be on the look out for dolphins and pelicans, as they like to feed on the small fish swimming under the pier. You can rent kayaks or paddle boards for a small fee and explore the inland canals or bring your own and go explore off shore and maybe spot a manta ray or manatee! The park also offers camping.

Another huge part of this park is the Fort De Soto Fort. During the Civil War the generals decided that this spot was a ideal location to place a fort. The fort is still there today and you can explore its rooms and the view from the top of the fort is beautiful!

If you are looking for some where to explore Florida's beautiful gulf coast, this is the place for you! It is super kid friendly, as a small shop that sells souvenirs, ice cream and hot dogs, hamburgers, fries etc. There is a bathroom located by the shop, as well as one at the beginning of the pier. 

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Features

Stand Up Paddle
Cycling
Chillin
Camping
Fishing
Photography
Running
Kayaking
Swimming
Hiking
Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Scenic
Wildlife

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