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

 National Junior Ranger Day

Celebrate National Junior Ranger Day!

Celebrate National Ranger Day at De Soto. We will have special activities from 10-2. Earn your Jr. Ranger Badge and Celebrate National Parks

Free Ranger Led Kayak Tours throughout the Summer

Free Ranger Led Kayak Tours

Join us for free Ranger led kayak tours on May 10, Friday,Saturday, and Sunday mornings at 9:30. Call 941-792-0458 for information and RSVP.

#Findyourpark At the De Soto Festival Grand Parade

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 27th at 6:30 pm.

De Soto Park Picker Program

Come Out and Pick the Park!

Come out and become a De Soto Park Picker and earn unique prizes and gear! Come out and pick on April 20-21 for Earth Day and earn a prize!

Last updated: April 16, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy
Bradenton, FL 34209


(941) 792-0458 x105

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