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De Soto National Memorial, Bradenton

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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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  • We went to DeSoto to get our Senior National Park passes. The visitor center is very informative & park rangers very helpful. Nice walking areas along the water. Pet friendly too!  more »
  • Excellent park to visit. The history lesson is well done. The short movie, short walking trail and weapons exhibition were excellent. The water views of Manatee River, Tampa Bay and Gulf of Mexico are...  more »
  • This National Memorial is staffed by US Park Rangers. Granted, most are young interns, but they dress in period costumes like Desoto's men would have, display chain mail and weapons of the era, and pr...  more »
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  • The kayak tour was great. Waiting and being eaten up by the noseeems wasnt. Lol. The Rangers were very knowledgeable!
  • Great place for a walk or swim with your family & pet. Plenty of spots to soak up Florida history, flora and fauna. Good launching point for a kayak. Although you will have to carry your boat about 60 yards to the shore.
  • 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.
  • My girls and I had a blast on the haunted trail on Saturday
  • The most beautiful beach in Florida... sand and water are the most beautiful