Basic Information

Summers avg. Temperature is 90 degrees Fahrenheit with a relative humidity of 80-90% Late afternoon showers and thunderstorms are common usually lasting only 10-20 minutes. Winters are mild and dry with lows reaching on average 60 degrees.

Entrance Fees:

De Soto National Memorial - $0.00

The Park and all areas, programs, and events are free of charge.

De Soto National Memorial Visitor Center

The Park's Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is located just north of the parking lot. Inside are interpretive displays and exhibits that tell the story of the Conquistador Hernando de Soto's 1539 expedition and impact on the Native American tribal societies of the American Southeast. The movie Hernando de Soto in America plays daily. During the winter season the movie plays on the half hour.


De Soto National Memorial

Created in 1948, the park's mission is to commemorate the 1539 expedition of the Spanish Conquistador Hernando

de Soto and his impact on the American Indian societies of the Southeast. The park is open year round and offers

many seasonal activities. The highlight of the parks activities include living history programs and demonstrations

at Camp Uzita, a recreation of a 16th Century native village. During the summer the park operates guided

kayak tours in the surrounding water and bays. Park Rangers and staff are on hand to assist visitors in their

understanding of this important and controversial historical event.

Last updated: March 9, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy
Bradenton, FL 34209


(941) 792-0458 x105

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