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

De Soto BARK Ranger Program

Become a De Soto B.A.R.K. Ranger

Starting August 25th, your pet can become a B.A.R.K. Ranger. A fun and rewarding way to visit the park with your dog.

De Soto Park Picker Program

Become a Park Picker and Earn Prizes

Join the Park Pickers Club. Help keep your park clean and earn cool prizes for the amount of litter you pick!

Last updated: November 19, 2019

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Mailing Address:

8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy
Bradenton, FL 34209


(941) 792-0458 x105

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