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.

New Park Reservation System

Starting May 19, 2022 all reservation for park programs will be made through

De Soto Ranger Led Kayak Tours

Ranger Led Kayak Tours Begin June 10.

Make your reservations starting end of May through This free tour takes visitors on the water to explore the park.

Two Junior Ranger look out of telescopes over the water

Blockbuster Summer Camps Start June 18th

Our Summer Blockbuster Junior Ranger Camps Begin June 18. Check out to make your reservations today!

Young Girl holds fish she has caught

De Soto Rancho Fishing Clinics are Back!

Back this Summer is our free fishing clinics. for ages 7 and up. make your reservation at Don't wait!

Visitors solve the final puzzle to escape Uzita

Escape De Soto, Escape Room is Back!

Come out for a one of a kind park experience. solve puzzles and break codes to escape Uzita. For groups of 4 to 8 people.

Last updated: July 28, 2022

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8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy
Bradenton , FL 34209


941 792-0458 x105

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