Calm waters lapping peacefully along the shores of picture-perfect white sand beaches. Nature and beauty insulating you from the bustle of daily life nearby. Wildlife and diverse eco systems waiting to be discovered. Fort De Soto County Park offers five interconnected island and over 7 miles of waterfront for you to explore. Kayak along the still shorelines. Explore historic forts. Watch for loggerhead sea turtles or more than 328 species of birds. Cast a line from one of two fishing piers. Or simply enjoy the beach that Trip Advisor declared the best in the nation in 2009. There's something for everyone at this Florida natural treasure.
Fort De Soto delivers an authentic Florida beach escape.
Park admission is free. However, there is a daily parking fee of $5 for vehicles without a valid Disabled Parking Permit. No fee for foot or bicycle entrance.
The park is open from sunrise to sunset. The fishing piers are open from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily.
All that beach and nature exploration will surely work up an appetite. So it is a good thing there is a hearty food concession area located at the North Beach Swim Center. You'll also find food available at the two fishing piers. Choose from burgers, hot dogs, ice cream treats and a variety of cold beverages and coffee. There's enough choice to satisfy any beach-day cravings.
How much are kayak rentals at Fort De Soto Park?
Exploring by kayak is one of the best ways to see manatees, egrets and dolphins. Take a self-guided eco tour in a sit-in or sit-on single, double or fishing kayak. Or check out the aquatic world below in a clear-bottom kayak. Touring canoes are also available. Prices are: Single Kayak: 1 hour/$23; 2 hours/$29; 4 hours/$39; all day/$55. Double kayaks & canoes: 1 hour/$30; 2 hours/$40; 4 hours/$55; all day/$70.