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Welcome to the Friends of Fort De Soto Website

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide community support for the preservation and improvement of Fort De Soto Park, through financial contributions as well as volunteer efforts.

Our focus is to promote public awareness of Fort De Soto Park, its special environment and facilities, and through improved communication and special projects to bring about an awareness of the need for historical and environmental preservation and conservation.

Fort De Soto Park is a breathtakingly beautiful group of small islands in the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of Tampa Bay. We want to share its beauty and history with fans around the world. Join us!

Visit Fort De Soto

  • Enjoy a picnic, walk the beach or go for a swim
  • Visit the Historic Fort
  • Bring your dog and visit the Dog Beach
  • Go birding!
  • Camp at Fort De Soto
  • Fish at the Bay or Gulf Piers
  • The Park now has four beach accessible wheel chairs that are free to use.

Sec. 90-7. – Activities within county-owned or managed lands.

· (q) Aircraft. No person operating, directing, or responsible for any airplane, helicopter, drone, glider, hang glider, hot air balloon, dirigible, parachute or other aerial apparatus, including those radio controlled or otherwise unmanned, shall take off from or land in or on any county-owned or managed land, except for purposes of public safety or where written permission has been obtained from the administrator or designee.

Contact PC office 727-582-2100 for additional info.

Fort De Soto County Park is a No Drone Zone
Memorial Bricks Fort De Soto

Honor your loved ones with a Memorial Brick. To help pave the way for enhanced Park projects and be a part of history, your commemorative brick will be placed at the base of the American flag which waves day and night at the entrance to the Park. Sizes are 4″ by 8″ and 8″ by 8″, with text or with text and artwork. Click here for ordering information. Please note that your brick(s) may take up to 90 days to be received and installed around the flagpole.

What Our Visitors Are Saying

Fort Desoto park gives folks the chance to camp close to the best beach in the United States. That way you don’t waste time every day driving there. Staff is great. Thanks Fort Desoto park folks!

Melanie Moore

Beautiful place, we went there as a church group to baptize our members. The place was clean, a family environment and a lot to see and do in the entire Park!

Lillian Maysonet-Rentas

I have been going there for the past 15 years with my church every memorial day n i love it pastor thank u love u..

King D Lion

Was my first time been in Fort De Soto park and I love it.

Jenny Garcia

I’ve been going there as a child my father used to take me and my brother there I have photos of some of them never forgot my cherished memories Tampa native wow I still love going there ,, always!!

Felicia Skrypek

It is by far my favorite place to be. I find my sanity walking the beach or just watching the waves.

Dennise A Johnson Roesly

Map of Fort De Soto