Fort Desoto Park
It is not surprising that Fort Desoto Park wins its share of accolades. The park was voted America's number one beach in 2005 and again in 2009 by Trip Advisor. If TPF had a top ten list, Fort Desoto Park would likely be on it.
Fort De Soto offers over 200 camping sites, a dog park, two fishing piers, boat launches, hiking trails and three miles of beaches. The park is south of Saint Petersburg, in Pinellas County, west of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. It consists of over 1100 acres of wonderful Florida including a Blue Ways Paddling Trail for kayaks and canoes.
Fort De Soto can be a birders dream. Exhausted migrants in need of nutrition, after thrie gulf crossing find respite in the park's popular mulberry bush. On any given April day fallouts of just about anything can be found. You just don't know what the storms will bring.
Be warned, however, not all days are so rewarding for migrants. Some days you may have to settle for the resident grackles and gulls, ospreys, pelicans and starlings and any other of the 328 identified species in the park. Great horned owls nest and loggerhead sea turtles nest in the area.
Fort De Soto is a must do day trip easily accessible from cities around the Tampa Bay and Sarasota areas. Plan for all day outing. You won't be disappointed any time of year.
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