Arriving By Boat
De Soto National Memorial is accessible by watercraft. The park is located on the south shore of the Manatee River, six miles downriver from Bradenton, Florida, near the mouth of Tampa Bay. An anchorage known as "The Cove" is located to the east of De Soto Point sheltered from the south and west, and partially sheltered from the north and east. Information about anchoring in the Manatee River and The Cove may be found by clicking here.
Important Park Rules
The following rules are important to note
Did You Know?
The size and speed of the horse was one of the primary advantages the Spanish conquistadors had over Native Americans. An accomplished cavalryman, Hernando de Soto brought over 200 horses as part of his 1539 conquest of La Florida. To Learn more, visit De Soto National Memorial, Bradenton, Florida. More...