In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, we invite you to #FindYourPark in the Bradenton Area. De Soto National Memorial is a place where you not only connect with the history of the area but also experience the natural side of authentic Florida. Get familiar with our favorite national park before your outdoors adventures begin.

 

Find the History

You can’t go to De Soto without getting to know its history. More than just breathtaking Florida scenery, the park is the site where Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto first set foot in Florida back in 1539. The historic landing lives on today, thanks to live reenactments and living history performances along the 3,000-foot shoreline. Go back in time and witness what the Bradenton Area was like nearly 500 years ago. Admission is free and the lessons learned are priceless!

 

Find an Adventure

Once you’ve got a better appreciation of the history, dive into an adventure – literally. Take a guided kayak tour through the natural mangroves and clear waters. Go hiking through lush paths and try to spot local wildlife like foxes, herons and even bald eagles. Or just bring a rod and reel and try to catch a snook from the beach. Whatever you do, end your afternoon in De Soto with a picnic at one of the 10 picnic areas in the park. You’ll see that a day spent in De Soto is a day well spent.

 

Find More Great Outdoors

While De Soto is the only national park in the Bradenton Area, there are plenty of other local places to enjoy the outdoors. From bird-watching at Robinson Preserve to spotting sea turtle nests on the beaches of Anna Maria Island, find the adventure that’s right for you!

 

Ready to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday? Click here to find the perfect place to stay during your nature-infused getaway.