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

Masks are required at De Soto National Memorial

Masks are Required in all Federal Lands

The wearing of masks and face covering are required in all Federal buildings. The use of masks are also required on the park's boardwalk.

Programs Cancelled Until May 2021

All Winter Programs Have Been Cancelled

The Park has Cancelled all programming including Living History and Fishing Clinics until May 2021 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Many Topics from fishing to History

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Join us on Facebook and YouTube for Ranger programs on fishing, history, and nature.

Last updated: February 6, 2021

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Mailing Address:

8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy
Bradenton, FL 34209


(941) 792-0458 x105

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