A Beach the Whole Family Will Love
For years, Parents Magazine and other national media outlets have proclaimed Fort De Soto’s North Beach as perfect for families (the adventure starts with the pirate ship playground you’ll see on the way in). The real treasure here is the beach, however, where the kiddos will have a blast splashing around in the large tidal pool and looking for colorful seashells and white sand dollars.
Fort De Soto Park’s Historic Fort and Museum
At the heart of the park lies Fort DeSoto’s namesake fort. At ground level, artillery holds and firing galleys make up the coquina shell fort’s base - here, kids of all ages can have a little fun with the echoes their voices make in these cool, mysterious rooms. Climb to the top of the fort where cannons point at Tampa Bay for sweeping views of the park and beyond. You can also visit the small Quartermaster Museum within the park.