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3500 Pinellas Bayway S.
Saint Petersburg, FL, US 33715
(727) 582-8867
Ft. De Soto Paw Playground and Beach Overview
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Cost: Free
The Paw Playground has large fenced areas for both large and small dogs, including dog showers for those hot days. Dogs are allowed anywhere in the park on a six-foot leash, except on any beach. The Paw Playground area is the exception -- dogs are allowed on the beach, and they are allowed off leash on that area of beach. They can also run free inside the fenced areas. On a hot summer day, you can cool off your dog by hosing him down, and drinking water is available too. The park also has plenty for two-legged visitors too -- an old Spanish fort to explore, gorgeous parks, overnight camping with plenty of amenities, and picnic areas. The north beach was named "America's #1 beach" in 2008 & 2009 by Trip Adviser.
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Ft. De Soto Paw Playground and Beach in Saint Petersburg, FL, US has an average rating of 4.6 based on 36 member reviews.
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Best Time!
Bodhi in California
Our first visit was a hit! Our Golden Retriever, Bodhi, had so much fun at the beach! Friendly pets and responsible owners. We look forward to revisiting!
 
Ft. DeSoto Dog Beach
Leslie A. in Rocky River, Ohio
We took our dog to this beach and absolutely LOVED it !!! VERY clean beach. The people and dogs are ALL very friendly. This is our 2nd dog beach in FL and this one is the "best" one for sure. They even have a dog playground so the dogs can run inside the fenced area. We will continue to come back to this beach for sure. Thank you to all the people who posted the past reviews about Ft Desoto..... they were "right on" and very helpful. This beach is not only dog friendly but family oriented as well. I would recommend this beach to anyone.
 
Perfect!
Adam in Clearwater, FL
Fun beach for dogs, they can play, socialize and swim. Most dogs are friendly and fun even with small dogs. I don't understand why some people bring aggressive dogs to the beach, though it's rare, please keep your aggressive dogs at home! we don't want them here. Otherwise this beach is perfect just watch your dog at all times. To those who complain about dogs being curious or running all over the place, get over it! it's what dogs do.
 
Biggest Park & Beach yet!
Matthew Ellis in Maryland
My girlfriend & I drove down from Maryland this past week with our ten month old 90 lb chocolate lab. By far this was the best & biggest dog area I've been to. The fenced in area for big dogs is hugeee! And the beach is pretty sandy not many rocks or shells at all. Great place to swim for everyone. Also lots of space on the beach. Everything you & your dog would want is here.
 
Loved it!!
Robin in Sandwich IL
We come to different beaches everytime we come to Florida so this time we brought our dog and was still able to enjoy the beaches!
 
Dog Heaven!
Samantha in Ocala
Perfect place for dogs of all sizes. Off leash really is a treat. Plus a great place for dogs who love to swim and run around
 
Another dog friendly beach
albert goldwyn in pasa grille, florida
I wanted everyone to know, that the gandy beach is a high bacteria area, the sewage treatment plant is very close by..but if you want the PERFECT beach to play without a leash, the back side of Pasa Grille beach, a small beach, IS dog friendly, NO LEASH EITHER..everyonne enjoy
 
best idea ever
carole in haliburton highlands
what an awesome idea I would rather spend the day with 50 dogs and their owners. Than kids the dogs play with each other and steal each others balls and frisbees. It truly is amazing. Though I wish my fur baby would stop drinking the salt water
 
Amazing
Nadya in Melbourne
Loved it!!! Dogs can be without a leash on the beach, totally recommend it!!!
 
Perfect!
Erin in Ellenton, Fl
I drive from the Ellenton area to take my sweet girl here! The water is nice, the sand (isn't like Bradenton Beach) a little more "shelly" then "sandy" but with my little girl I prefer that since the really fine sand is bothersome to her. Dogs are happy, dog-parents are friendly. If your dog is a wanderer though be careful because they really have free range. Plenty of parking, and two different enclosed big/dog parks with a rinse off station which is nice when you're on your way out! Love coming here and will come back many many times! (There is a 5$ fee to get into Ft. Desoto, and a about 2$ worth of tolls, but it's worth it when it's for your fur-kid!)
 
So much fun
Sharon in Orlando
We have such a great time every time we bring our two dogs. Living in the middle of the state, it's about the same distance to De Soto or Smyrna Dunes on the Atlantic Coast. I love that De Soto is off leash and the parking is MUCH closer to the beach area. The atmosphere here is very laid back - you never know when a new canine pal will lay down on your beach blanket with your or take a drink out of your dog's water bowl! Every dog I've seen here has been friendly and happy, though. No aggression at all. Occasionally a bad-mannered owner will fail to clean up after his or her pet, but that is the exception rather than the norm. This is a great place to socialize a dog!
 
Great way to enjoy the beach with the dog
brandon in Lakeland
The beach is great, and it is a fun for the dog. Our dog enjoyed swimming with us. The park next to it is nice, with a great shower.
 
AWESOME!!!
karen in alexandria, VA
We had a great time and our dog was EXHAUSTED after running, slpashing and playing. Look out for the burrs that are in the brush -- it took us 20 minutes to get them out of hs fur -- he didn't care, but they were a pain. keep your dog in the sand and you'll be fine. The 2 dog parks with showers are genius!!
 
Great dog beach
Carol in Boynton Beach
Great dog beach. Wish we didn't live so far away. Went on a Sat am - beach is huge, clean & beautiful. Dog owners and their pets were awesome.
 
One of the best!
Cory in Sioux Falls. SD
Always looking for a good place to swim with my dog, and this beach has it! Plenty of room, nice shallow water, and a wash station for both of us. I'll remember a sun-shade next time, as we stayed so long I burnt myself bad! Good times!
 
amazing
LeeAnne in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
This park is truly amazing for all dogs and the family. Could't ask for anything more. Absolutely awesome.
 
THE BEST!
SHERI in ORLANDO
Beautiful dog park and beach! Doesn't get any better then this! Please keep your Buddies inside the signs and keep it clean so this Gem will always be there :)
 
AWESOME
Melissa in Tampa
Took our dog here for the first time today and had a blast!!! The beach is big, there is also a dog park with washing stations. All of the dogs and the owners were so friendly! Probably the happiest we have ever seen our dog.
 
Perfect place to have fun with your dog
Natalia in kissimmee
This was AWSOME!!!! Perfect place to have fun with your buddy. There is no aggresive dogs here, all of them big and small are very friendly and polite.
 
doggie paradise
todd & lulu in alabama
fun for 4 and 2 legged creatures alike. great place to teach your dog to swim, many shallow areas. owners are friendly and are good about controlling their dog from trampling all over your beach spot. great for dogs big and small to socialize. impossible not to have fun here. best dog beach ever!
 
Goose's First Beach Play
Rob in Orlando
I must say, as a first beach goer with a dog, Ft. De Soto was very nice. The dog owners as well as the dogs were very friendly. It is a great place to introduce young dogs to a pack. I will be returning often.
 
Awesome doggie beach
Diane in Brighton, MI
Long, clean beach that even my blind Yorkie enjoyed. Saw two dolphins and got to pet a manatee in waste high water. One of the highlights on my Florida vacation.
 
Puppies lovet it!!
sue finn in palm coast
On a recent visit to St.Pete I found out about the park from your site.My puppies thank you! It was awesome! I have 2 tiny rat terriers who played in the small dog park.The people and dogs were friendly.Snoopy made some new friends too! I was a bit more caoutious on the beach because it was "off leash" with alot of big dogs.We found a spot on the end where the little ones could run.It's a MUST if you are in the area!!
 
Definitely will visit over and over again!!!
Sandra in Davie, FL
Love this area. I take many trips with my dogs and this is by far one of my favorites. We plan on visiting at least once a year.
 
Baby was happy!
Tricia in Greensburg, IN
This was Bear's first bark park experience and first beach. There were so many friendly owners and dogs. The ammenities were nice. This is the first of many reviews on our beach hopping tour.
 
Kito's favourite place
Brian in Hamilton, Ontario
I can't say enough about the dog friendly park and beach in DeSoto Park. Each year we travel to Florida with my little buddy Kito, a Basenji. We have more fun in the sand and sun than i could possibly describe. I just wish we had these kind of places back home. We sure have the space, beaches and plenty of places for good quality leash-free areas. We just don't have the political will needed on City Council.
 
Love This Beach
Miley in Jacksonville
THis beach is the best I brought my Labrador and she LOVED it. We drove all the way from Jacksonville, and want to go back soon. There are even dog showers so my dog was clean the whole ride home.
 
Amazing
Christina in St. Petersburg
Perfect layout- two large fenced in areas and a brief jaunt to the dog beach. It's full of dogs and clean. Fort DeSoto is a BEAUTIFUL place to enjoy with my dogs.
 
Love It!
Ashley in Ocala, FL
great park with fantastic canine and human guests. It is well worth the drive for us from Ocala. Can't wait to go back!
 
Yorkie
Shelby in Ft. Lauderdale
I LOVED this beach !! I ran, swam, fetched, dug for buried treasure and played-played-played with my human companions - there were lost of doggie friends there for me to meet - sll sizes & shapes - you must go there
 
awesome beach
Sabrina costa in kissimmee
the furkids love this beach, they get to swim with us, play frisbee, meet other dogs, and chase seagulls. after all the splashing they can get rinsed off at the doggie showers... fun , fun...
 
Come on by the water is fine
Brenda in Orlando
Spent Father's Day there and it was very nice. Water was clear and the beach was pretty decent. Note: just like in any other place, some people who wish they had good behaved dogs bring their little terrors when they shouldn't. Also, pack light - get in the water and enjoy the day!
 
Great dog beach, but...
A.S. in FL
This is an off-leash beach. Sadly, we have to rate this with just 4 bones, due to inconsiderate 'pet parents' who will allow their babies to become a nuisance to other people. If you own a shy or scared dog, or are a first time visitor, attempting to keep your dog out of trouble and on the leash, expect to be crowded by half a dozen curious dogs. On a crowded holiday weekend, dogs might dig through your beach bags, while the owners will just sit there and do nothing. Small childred should be watched closely, because the dogs of all sizes might play friendly, but very rough, running all over the place.
 
ehhhh
heather in brandon, florida
So, first of the reason I gave this beach only two bones is that the beach isn't a"normal florida beach" there wasn't any white sand and we had to wear our shoes while walking unless right near the water psst all the dog poop and seaweed. There were THORNS or brambles" everywhere!!!I got at least two in my feet my fiance got three and both of our dogs got several in their paws just from walking to and from our chairs/blankets to the water. Also, I saw a DEER TICK try to land on my dog...thank god I was watching him closely as this was his first experience or else that could have been a big problem. The people for the most part paid attention to their dogs but we still had wet dirty dogs trample our stuff a few times while the owners just stood by and watched...I tried to politely make a joke about it but they didn't get the hint that the HUGE dig was trampling ok.just belongings...But besides that experience, everyone was nice and friendly. The dogs seemed to have a great time, I just wish there was a fence or some structure separating the gravel road from the beach(besides the brush filled with ticks and thorns/brambles). After we finished AT the beach we stopped at the regular beach to see what it was like it was GORGEOUS!I wish the white soft beach was an option for dog owners too.
 
Crowded
Stephanie in Saint Petersburg
Thought this would be a nice chance to take the dog swimming but gave up after a handful of attempts. No matter what day and time you go this place is always packed. Middle of the week, off season, no holidays... No less then 15 dogs every time we checked. The rules are a joke. Dogs under no control with owners that weren't paying attention or didn't care. Watched one dog get bullied by a gang of three with no one stepping in. The place is a mess. Owners not picking up, owners not filling in holes... You can't walk through this area without tripping on something. Would not recommend and will not be back again.
 
YUK
Elle in St. Petersburg
Yuk was all I can say! Crowed and dirty. The sand was not white but dirty from dogs.The water at that time was not not clean looking.The garbage cans was over flowing and they sit by picnic tables. This was a holiday weekend. I would like to see the beach re nourished and made bigger. The weeds in the dog enclosure was knee high. I had been there many times before,but this was disgusting.The parking lot looked run down and weeds all over it too.
 
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