An Epic Journey into the New World

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


Upcoming Events

All of the up and coming events at De Soto National Memorial

National Public Lands Senior Pass

Senior Pass Sold Out

We are currently out of the $10 lifetime senior pass. We do expect a re-supply soon. Please call 941-792-0458 to check availability.

Things to Do

Things to Do

The different recreational activities at De Soto National Memorial

Free Ranger Led Kayak Tours through the Summer

Ranger Led Kayak Tours

Join us for free Ranger led kayak tours.Saturday, and Sunday mornings at 9:30, starting May 13th through October. Must RSVP at 941-792-0458.

Last updated: July 21, 2017

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 15390
Bradenton, FL 34280


(941) 792-0458 x105

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