Fort de Soto Park & Beach
Aside from endless sunshine and famously impressive orange juice, Florida benefits from an abundance of beautifully maintained parks. Fort de Soto sits on a skinny splinter of land hugged by both the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. The park measures over a thousand acres, and the crumbling walls of the fort—built in 1898, during the Spanish-American War—are now home to hundreds of species of birds, and a stellar historical tour. Visitors can kayak, fish, hike, or snooze on the beach to the sound of the lapping waves. North Beach, with its calm tidal pool, is best for smaller kids, and the seven-mile paved trail with views of the water is ideal for a family bike ride.