The Columbus Foundations Replica of the Niña sails past the park.


Ranger Lauren Devore leads a Kayak tour in the parks cove.

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De Soto National Memorial Ranger led Kayak Tours.

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from May through November, De Soto National Memorial offers free ranger led kayak tours. Explore the waters that Native American Indians and Spanish Conquistadors traveled hundreds of years ago.

First time or experienced —For all skill levels, our trained rangers will ensure your first time will be safe and enjoyable. For kayakers with more experience, our tour will offer a different way for you to view the natural resources and vibrant history of the Manatee River.

No Equipment, No Problem —We supply Kayak, paddles, personal flotation devices, and other safety equipment. This is an excellent way to try out a new hobby before spending all the money.

A unique look at Florida's coastal resources —Paddle through time as you explore the coastal estuaries. Learn how native peoples and European settlers used the water ways for transportation and food. Learn about several of Florida's unique coastal ecosystems. Find out how you can help preserve and protect these fragile ecosystems for future generations.

Tour Information —Kayak tours will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sundays from May through November at 9:30 a.m. The kayak tours and all equipment rentals are free. RSVP is mandatory for space is limited please call 941-792-0458. All children between the ages of 8-16 must be accompanied by an adult. Due to life jacket restrictions children less than 50 lbs. are not allowed on tours. Free paddle is only allowed under supervision of a park ranger, all participants must stay with the tour. All gear will be checked and a safety briefing will be held before the tour begins. For experienced paddlers ask about our monthly advanced tour, attendance of one regular tour is mandatory for participation in advanced tours.

All events and activities are free at De Soto National Memorial. Event hours are 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. All activities are subject to change due to weather. To RSVP call 941-792-0458.

DeSoto National Memorial is located at 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton 34209. On I-75 take exit 220 SR-64 Manatee Ave. Go west to 75th street. Travel north, the park is located at the terminus of 75th street. De Soto National Memorial is open seven days a week. The Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset.For more information go to:, or visit our Facebook page at De Soto National Memorial.


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