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De Soto National Memorial

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(941) 792-0458
8300 Desoto Memorial Hwy
Bradenton 34209, Fl

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.

Hours: Monday - Sunday 9AM-5PM
Facility Amenities:


Arts & Culture

Living History Performance, Memorial/Monument

Facility Amenities

Pet-Friendly, Picnic Area

Nature & Outdoor

Archaeological Site, National Park, Water Recreation


Hiking/Nature Trails


Recreation type