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De Soto National Memorial

#3 of 77 things to do in Bradenton Features Animals
75th St. NW, Bradenton, FL 34280
+1 941-792-0458 ext. 105
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Great people & history, needs updates

It has more of a feel of a city park than a national park in that no one has taken the time to... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2017
Gorgeous Sunny Afternoon Visit

After arriving in Bradenton Beach FL, and at our gorgeous condo, many people said we should visit... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2017
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75th St. NW, Bradenton, FL 34280
+1 941-792-0458 ext. 105
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

It has more of a feel of a city park than a national park in that no one has taken the time to really develop it. There is a small visitors center with a very affable gentlemen inside that is more than willing to help...More

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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

After arriving in Bradenton Beach FL, and at our gorgeous condo, many people said we should visit this national park. We took their advice and are so happy to have done so! It is chocked full of history from the 1500s and Cortez, a Spanish...More

Thank Marlene152
Reviewed 1 January 2017

I found his park mainly because you an bring your dog. Such a nice area to walk around, surrounded by water and trees.

Thank PattyFox61
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Nice visitor center that sits right off the bay where Hernando DeSoto landed in Florida nearly 500 years ago. There is a 22 minute movie that details his exploration of the new world and a nice 3/4 mile hike trail amongst mangroves one can walk....More

Thank 636jeff
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Our family had a great experience here. We enjoy visiting National Parks and the Junior Ranger program (educational books & badges), and this was one of the better experiences we've had with the books. These have a variety of activity levels for different ages, one...More

Thank E L
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Great opportunity to discover an interesting chapter of Florida history and have a pleasant walk of around a mile with beautiful views. Very glad we went.

Thank bognor
Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Included a good show of DeSoto artifacts and a talk on the people of the time , both Spanish and Indian. Actual demonstration of old weapons in use. Short to medium walks along the water and through the forest with good views. Trails are marked...More

Thank Lou S
Reviewed 10 December 2016

Improvements have been made to the visual interpretation of the site. The Rangers are friendly and knowledgable. Too bad they were trying to grow grass in the sand around the big trees. Good place to get a real feel for mangroves

Thank Flora6760786
Reviewed 8 December 2016

The 20 minute movie and the descriptive charts on the grounds and in the Visitors Center gave a thorough picture of DeSoto's arrival and travels throughout the southeast that was very educational. The 1 mile trail around the perimeter of the property was shady with...More

Thank Christine T
Reviewed 8 December 2016

The visitor center film shows De Soto's (and his troops) intense desire for gold, and places him in historical context. The site is an estimate of his landing so don't expect authentic cabins. The water views are wonderful, and the hike is pleasant. You can...More

Thank Byron G
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