BEST PARK/BEST PLACE TO TAKE YOUR DOG

Fort De Soto

With miles and miles of shoreline, paved and unpaved trails and grassy easement, Pinellas County's Fort De Soto Park offers a top-notch day in the sun for both you and your pooch. Look at the poor guy. He's bloated. He's pallid. He's lying around like a sack of dirty laundry. He's a lot like you, really. Get him out there and run him a bit. And if you just looked around your apartment for your dog only to realize you don't have one, you could probably do with a little outdoor time, too. Take a personal day, fork over the 35 cents at the gate and relax. The angling is primo, as is the camping. Why not make a weekend of it? Just make sure to keep Chewsie away from the 38-inch snook we just pulled out of those mangroves, jerky.

Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., St. Petersburg, 727-582-2267.

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