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Explore Historical Fort de Soto

Are you looking for an easy-access adventure? The historical Fort De Soto in Tierra Verde, Florida is full of trails to stroll, forts to explore and wildlife to admire. And sure you can drive there, but we recommend getting there by boat! Choose a vessel from the Gulfstream Boat Club fleet and the Fort is just a 25 minute cruise from our Tierra Verde Club.

Fort De Soto is the largest park in Pinellas County with 5 interconnected islands. It takes up 1,136 acres of land—it’s huge! The island is rich with history and offers so many sights to see. Be prepared for a gorgeous day with sun-safe gear like sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable shoes for the nature trails.

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The Beach

Named America’s Top Beach for a reason, the turquoise-blue waters and powdery-white sand make it a perfect slice of paradise. Pause your busy schedule and enjoy the calm and clear water. Fort de Soto’s beach is the picture-perfect escape you need to let go and relax. Lay on the beach as you listen to one of our Spotify playlists created just for this moment. We recommend Members anchor up near Sand Dollar Beach or along the north end of the island within Bunces Pass. Restrooms are located nearby so you and your family can set up camp for the day.

Historic Fort De Soto

When you need a break from the sun, you can head to the southern-most point of the island to explore the Fort and learn its history. Originally named Mullet Key, the Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto sought out the island in the 1500s, later becoming its namesake. The Fort was constructed in the early 1900s for the Spanish American War. Although it was never used in a battle, Fort De Soto remained stationed with troops for years. After the fort was abandoned, Pinellas County bought the land and officially designated it as Fort De Soto Park in 1963. You can still see the old canons inside rooms that were once filled with artillery!

Nature Trails

Give your sea legs a break and enjoy all the trails Fort De Soto has to offer. The 7-mile paved trail around the island is a great place to go for a bike ride. You can rent bikes at the the Peddling Pelican located behind the gift shop. Not up for 7 miles? A much shorter half-mile nature trail offers all the same and more. Spend a meandering hour admiring the various flora and fauna and see if you can spot all of Florida’s native species!

If you enjoy the historical Fort de Soto, then you’ll love Egmont Key! Check out a boater’s favorite getaway the next time you reserve your Gulfstream Boat Club boat.

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