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

Florida's National Parks Centennial Paddle Challenge

Florida Centennial Paddle Challenge

Be a Part of history! Paddle 100 miles at Florida's National Parks and celebrate 100 years of America's National Parks!

#Findyourpark At the De Soto Festival Grand Parade

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 30th at 6:30 pm.

Ranger Led Kayak Tours through the Summer

Ranger Led Kayak Tours

Join us for free Ranger led kayak tours. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings at 9:30, starting May 6th. Must RSVP at 941-792-0458.

Signup begins June 1st for Junior Ranger Summer Camp.

Junior Ranger Summer Camps Coming Soon!

Junior Ranger Summer Camp is a free program for kids ages 6-10. Signup begins June 1st for the June 21-24 and July 26-29 camps.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 15390
Bradenton, FL 34280


(941) 792-0458 x105

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