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
An Epic Journey into the New World
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
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.
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.
Last updated: April 16, 2019