• De Soto Landing

    De Soto

    National Memorial Florida

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  • De Soto Landing Date Has Been Changed to Saturday April 19th

    The Date for the De soto Landing Event on the parks Calendar of Events is wrong. It is listed as April 20th. The event has moved to Saturday April 19th as originally planned. The times of the landing remain the same at 10am and 1pm.

Fees & Reservations

Entrance Fees

De Soto National Memorial is free to the public. Donations are accepted and help support park operations.

Groups tours to the park are welcome free of charge. However, groups tours should register at least 30 days in advance by calling (941)792-0458.


Park Passes

The new America the Beautiful park passes will be available at De Soto National Memorial starting January 2, 2007. Please call (941)792-0458, ext. 105, to confirm availability of passes before you visit the park. To learn more about the pass program, please click here.


We sell National Public Lands passes: Senior and Access. The National Public Lands Annual Pass is not sold here but is available on the National Parks website or at all National Parks that charge and entrance fee's. Only paper Golden Age and Access Passports may be exchanged free of charge for new plastic passes.

Recreational information for all Federal agencies can be found at www.recreation.gov.

Special Use Fees

De Soto National Memorial does require a fee and a permit for special, one time uses of the park. To learn more about the following special use categories, please contact us with the date, time, and details of your proposed event:

  • Weddings


  • Memorial Services


  • Photography and Cinematography


  • Corporate Activities


  • Activities Outside Regular Business Hours


  • Miscellaneous


Use of park grounds for commercial activities requires an Incidental Business Permit before any business activity is planned or executed within park grounds. Contact us for details.

Conducting research studies on park grounds also requires a permit before the activity may take place. Contact us with the details of the proposed investigation.


Conducting an activity on park grounds without a permit is an offense that will result in the immediate suspension of the activity and a possible citation.


If you are considering holding you next special event at De Soto National Memorial please download and fill out our Special Use Permit.

Multi-use Special Use Permit

















Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Diseases brought to La Florida by the 1539 De Soto Expedition and other Europeans wiped out virtually all the Native American groups in Florida at the time of European contact. The Native Americans had no immunities to these diseases. Learn more at De Soto National Memorial, Bradenton, Florida. More...