In May 1539, Conquistador Hernando de Soto’s army of soldiers, hired mercenaries, craftsmen and clergy made landfall in Tampa Bay. They were met with fierce resistance of indigenous people protecting their homelands. De Soto’s quest for glory and gold would be a four year, four thousand mile odyssey of intrigue, warfare, disease, and discovery that would form the history of the United States. Read More
An Epic Journey into the New World
Florida Centennial Paddle Challenge
Be a Part of history! Paddle 100 miles at Florida's National Parks and celebrate 100 years of America's National Parks!
De Soto Heritage Festival Grand Parade
Come out and support your local National Park at the De Soto Heritage Festival Grand Parade on Saturday April 30th at 6:30 pm.
Ranger Led Kayak Tours
Join us for free Ranger led kayak tours. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings at 9:30, starting May 6th. Must RSVP at 941-792-0458.