Fort De Soto Park, Florida

Fort De Soto Park Beach
Fort De Soto Park Beach

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I haven’t posted in almost a month, yikes! We had an fantastic time in Florida, but I didn’t realize a vacation would mean a pause in projects for the week leading up to and the week following it. Next time (is it too early to start planning our next vacation?!), I want to avoid a big gap by having at least one pre-scheduled post. I’m chomping at the bit to finish a project or two, but I also can’t stop reminiscing about our vacation…sigh!

We spent most of the week enjoying Disney World, but we also had a “Beach Day” at Fort De Soto Park, which was the highlight of our trip, hands down. The park is located two hours southwest of Disney, near Saint Petersburg. It’s very quiet and family friendly (it’s a dry park, so that probably helps a lot), admission is only five dollars per car and parking is free. They also have neat mid-century concession buildings picnic shelters, and showers.We set up camp at The North Beach, renting an umbrella and two chairs for twenty dollars from a friendly park employee. The white sand beach and clear, nearly-still water was so beautiful! I took about million photos.

Fort De Soto Park Beach
Fort De Soto Park Beach

For lunch, we enjoyed hot dogs, fries and snow cones at the concession stand. They also sell a few beach necessities like t-shirts and sunscreen; I bought a plastic bucket and shovel for the kids to use for sand castle building. Around two, the water started to get a little choppy and we’d had our fill of sunshine, so we packed up and headed out, arriving back at our hotel just in time for Happy Hour.

This was B’s first trip to the beach and we can’t wait to go back! Have you visited Fort De Soto or another family friendly beach nearby?

2 thoughts on “Fort De Soto Park, Florida

  1. i have been there many times i lived just south in bradenton …. it used to be free lol ahh the olden days but it is gorgeous i missed the beach i live in tn now xx

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