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De Soto National Memorial, Bradenton

Categories: National Parks, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots, Outdoor Activities
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4.6/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web
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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  • Wonderful national memorial that can be completed in less than an hour right where DeSoto landed! You have realistic views of what the original landing would have encountered. 
  • Another one of those hidden gems! It's so worth a visit and a wonderful place for a relaxing stroll. There is a short walk or a longer walk. It's very interesting and historical as well. You get many ...  read more »
  • We visited here on a day that began cloudy, weather was iffy, so we decided to forego the beach and look around town. Staff is knowledgeable, the property is gorgeous, views are lovely, and it's not t...  read more »
  • DeSoto National Park, not to be confused with DeSoto County Park north of here in Pinellas County, is a place where you can step back in time to 1539. Follow the Spanish Explorer Hernando DeSoto on his 4,000 mile expedition from Florida across Georgia, Arkansas and Mississippi. The film and visitor center were very informative. Park Rangers friendly. Nice nature trail along the shore of the Manatee River.
  • It's full of fun facts. Let's face it, (who doesn't want to learn about some of the first explores)? Awesome place for a good walk and scenery!!!
  • I loved this place. Love the water!! Wonderful place, would come back again!! :)
  • History told of the Conquistador Hernando DeSoto's expedition into Florida and his landing near this national park. All free. Exellent learning experience for all ages. Reenactors showing the weapons and tools used by both DeSoto's men and the Indians they met. A walking path with information plaques throughout describing the flora of the area and tidbits about DeSoto's expedition. The area is beautiful and along the Manatee river at the mouth of Tampa Bay. The park has a gift shop where there are exhibits of armor and clothing worn, maps and books. There is also a very informative video played in a small theater outlining the whole expedition. For the student researching the expedition I highly recommend a two volumned book: The DeSoto Chronicles as told by members of the expedition, sold at the shop, expensive at around $65.00 or available on Amazon in Kindle format at approximately $53.00. I bought both formats. A fun, half day of exploring, picnicing, sitting on the beach on the river, a must see national park while visiting the Sarasota/Bradenton area.
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