Fort de Soto – St. Petersburg, Florida

Fort de Soto

Fort de Soto is the largest park within the County State Parks with 1136 acres made up of 5 interconnected islands. It carries the only four 12-inch Seacoast rifled mortars (1890 model mounted on 1896 carriages) in the US, which was listed in the National Registry of Historic Places in 1977. The park also holds two 6-inch British – Breech loading rapid fire rifled guns (1898 model). These were originally mounted at Fort Dade and are the last guns of that model in the US. Ironically, the fort was never the site of any major battle. However, during WWII, the island was used for bombing practice by the pilot who dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. At some point the Tocobaga Indians settled here, and the site was visited by numerous Spanish Explorers. Now, the park offers fine beaches, nature trails, piers, fishing, camping, boating, and much more. No fighting here, just pure bliss.
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