Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have information about De Soto National Memorial in languages other than English?
Do you have inside facilities for picnics and meetings?
No. Excellent rental facilities are able at our partnering organization, the South Florida Museum and the Bishop Planetarium in downtown Bradenton.
Are dogs allowed in the park?
Yes, dogs are allowed in the park as long as they are well behaved and on a leash. Dog owners are responsible for proper disposal of dog excrement. See the Superintendent's Compendium for more information.
When are programs offered in the encampment?
Living history programs are offered from mid-December through Easter Sunday in the encampment adjacent to the parking lot.
Who is responsible for keeping the park litter free?
The park staff and volunteers work hard to make sure that the park is well-kept and litter free. However, it is up to every visitor to deposit paper, cans, and other throw away items in the proper receptacles located through out the park.
Did You Know?
The crossbow was such a fearsome weapon that in 1139 Pope Innocent II outlawed its use among Christians. However, no restriction was placed on its use against non-Christians, including the Native Americans that Hernando de Soto met on his 1539 Expedition to Florida. Visit De Soto National Memorial. More...