Once the Main Attraction at Ft. Desoto was at the Fort. Huge cannons can still be seen there. But the trains, the amusement park rides, and for the most part even the Attendants are all gone. Unless you count the 50 Cent Toll Booth, Admission to all of the Park is free.
Fort Desoto Park has 6 major features. Camping, Fishing, Canoing & Boating, Swimming, Nature, and exploring the Fort.
Campground and Boat Ramp
While most campers here bring their RV, tent sites are available. The water around most of the Campground is too shallow to bring your boat to your Camp Site, but the Boat Ramp is very close by. Reservations are opened to Pinellas County residents before non-residents. Do not expect to make last minute reservations unless you are visiting in the Summer. Even in the Summer, you should get reservations. The Camp Store sells all the standard Camper supplies. Additional Information can be obtained from the Campground offices at (727) 866-2484, or write them at Ft DeSoto Campground, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, Fl.
There are two main Piers. Potters Pier on the South-West corner of the Park, and the South-Beach Pier. Both Piers are of Concrete Construction. A Bait Shop sits in the middle of the South Pier. The South pier, the smaller of the two, is also occasionally used by the Tug Boats that escort the large ships through the mouth of Tampa Bay. Potters Pier sports a new Snack bar, and modern restrooms. Water at the end of Potters Pier is swift and Deep. Next to Potters pier is a beach, and ample parking for both the Fort and the Pier.