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.

Two Junior Ranger look out of telescopes over the water

Blockbuster Summer Camps Start June 8th

Our Summer Blockbuster Junior Ranger Camps Begin June 8th. Check out to make your reservations today!

De Soto Ranger Led Kayak Tours

Ranger Led Kayak Tours Begin June 2.

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

Last updated: May 27, 2023

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8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy
Bradenton, FL 34209


941 792-0458 x105

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