De Soto National Memorial, Bradenton

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#1 of 6 in Trails in Southwest Gulf Coast
De Soto National Memorial's mission is to commemorate Conquistador Hernando De Soto's 1539 expedition through the Southeastern United States and to tell the history of the Native American tribal societies they encountered.
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  • This historic memorial and visitor's center far exceed my expectations on a beautiful sunny day. They offered free fishing tours from the beach for all ages, mostly kids, along the beach with a park r...  more »
  • Great place to go to with your dog. Pathways through the bush that lead to a beautiful beach on the Manatee River. The fact that is dog friendly makes it even more appealing. There are signs along the...  more »
  • This National Memorial area is a beautiful Florida experience. And it's dog friendly to boot! We visited there recently and were so pleased that we could take our little dog with us so she could enjoy...  more »
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  • The park is so beautiful and peaceful. I love going there. It is wonderful that you can bring the dogs. I love seeing them along with all the other beauty there. The water is gorgeous while walking scenic trails of many different trees and plants. Endless harmony 🌳
  • Historical place is open to the public and free. The on-site exhibits are fun to see and experience. The short documentary is very informative. While the national memorial park building is a bit run down, all of the facilities seem to work properly. Park rangers are very knowledgable and friendly. Enjoyed the stay. There are short trails around the area.
  • Amazing mangrove forest trail. I tried on some conquistador armor and helmet in the visitor center. A great mix of history, scenic trails through the mangroves along the coastline, and family fun. Highly recommend visiting.
  • Great educational park. The movie was a little silly, but very informative and the staff member on site at the time was nice to us and very knowledgeable. It's a small site, but worth the visit to me.
  • Try and go on a day there is an event or lecture. Friendly staff, fun place, interesting history, and a nice beach walk. Great family outing for free.

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