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

Junior Ranger 101

Junior Ranger Summer Camp June 20-23

#JuniorRanger101 Summer camp. Sign-up starting May 15th. Camp is June 20-23rd. Don't miss out!

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: May 3, 2017

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 15390
Bradenton, FL 34280


(941) 792-0458 x105

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