Try Manatee Springs SP or Paynes Prairie SP. With the advent of the cooler weather, manatee viewing at the springs will be fun for the little ones. Plus, the park offers a nice playground next to the spring itself, and deer will often walk right through your campsite...again, the kids will love it. Paynes Prairie offers views of deer, wild horses, bison! and wild cracker cattle. We keep our boat at the Gulfport Municipal Marina...if you're camping at Fort DeSoto, which is about 10 minutes down the road, come on up to the marina and take a tour boat ride out across Boca Ciega Bay and then on to Egmont Key...these boats guarantee that you will experience dolphins jumping and frolicking in their wakes! Lunch, swimming and snorkling, and sight seeing will keep everyone happy. When you get back to Gulfport, head up the funky and quaint main street right off the beach and stop in at Yummies
for ice cream!!