Operating Hours & Seasons
Operating HoursThe Visitor Center is open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Park grounds are open dawn to dusk, but the parking lot gates close at 5:00 p.m. Vehicles left within the parking lot after 5:00 p.m. will remain there overnight and may be ticketed. There is no overnight camping in the park.
De Soto National Memorial is closed on New Years Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The park may be closed during hurricane season if the arrival of a hurricane is imminent.
Camp Uzita is open and staffed with rangers providing living history programs during the winter season. To confirm that Camp Uzita is open, please call (941)792-0458.
Did You Know?
Hernando de Soto invested all he had in his 1539 expedition to Florida that ultimately covered 4,000 miles of what is now the Southeastern United States. During the four year expedition he found no rich empire to conquer, but he lost both his fortune and his life. Visit De Soto National Memorial. More...