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

Catch a fish at De soto

De Soto Ranchero Fishing Clinics

Come out and learn to Fish. Our next camps are 10/15, 11/20, 12/26, 1/2, 2/18, 3/25, 3/28. Visit our page for info.

Rules for a safe pet visit

Check Out Our Rules for Pet Visits

While De Soto National Memorial is pet friendly, it is not an off leash site. Please check out our rules for a safe and friendly pet visit.

De Soto  YouTube Channel

Visit De Soto's New YouTube Channel

Visit our park's new YouTube Channel where we will post movies and videos about the park and its activities.

National Fossil Day Dig

Celebrate National Fossil Day OCt. 20th

Reserve a spot for our National Fossil Day Dig on October 20th from 10-1. Free family event. Call 941-792-0458 to sign-up

Last updated: October 11, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy
Bradenton, FL 34209


(941) 792-0458 x105

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