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De Soto National Memorial

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Beautiful trail through mangroves.

This little gem is worth a stop if your nearby. The trail is short and very shaded. If you’re a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jackie G
Bradenton, Florida
Nice enough place

Has an interesting history film, an interpretive museum, a recreated small Indian village for... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2018
David B
Coral Gables, Florida
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“manatee river”(85 reviews)
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8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton, FL 34209-9748
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This little gem is worth a stop if your nearby. The trail is short and very shaded. If you’re a history buff you’ll love learning about DeSoto - be sure to catch the movie. Dog friendly and a great place to picnic.

Thank Jackie G
Reviewed 11 August 2018

Has an interesting history film, an interpretive museum, a recreated small Indian village for outdoor demonstrations, hiking trails and views. Not 100% the site where DeSoto landed, but an educated guess and a memorial to this event.

Thank David B
Reviewed 6 August 2018

this is a great hidden gem in NW Bradenton. If you are in town visiting it is worth the drive here. Beautiful views of the water and a guided walking tour with a lot of history.

Thank David z
Reviewed 6 August 2018

This is a lovely little park, I guess the whole walk to be a couple of miles. However there are a lot of places to sit and take in the view of the Manatee river or the park. The staff and Rangers are super friendly...More

Thank hobokiwi
Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

Interesting film on De Soto. Nice hiking around the grounds. It’s Florida, so visiting in the summer will be hot. Lots of birds and water creatures along the hike to monument and large cross. Plenty of tables for a picnic lunch.

Thank GoStillers412
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

Best place in the county. Staff and Rangers are awesome. Lots to do and beautiful scenery. Winter is best with living history. Kayak tours are great but book at least one month in advance.

Thank Daniel S
Reviewed 21 July 2018

Loved this little park. Great stroll along the coast and the history is well told. If you are a history buff, this is a great park to visit. Highly recommend stopping in if you are in the area. De Soto and his exploration of Florida...More

Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

I've been to this park many times and have always had an enjoyable time. There's a short film about Hernando Desoto and his arrival to the area, along with a small display of artifacts in the main bldg. There are also a few structures in...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

We go a few times a year and always enjoy it. There is a short film that is worth watching in the Visitor's Center as well as some displays and you can even try on some of the armor. One of the main attractions is...More

Thank BikingBeachBum11
Reviewed 4 July 2018

DeSoto Park is the place to be to take a pleasant walk to enjoy nature & water. Several trails to use & always a different view...you feel peaceful & tranquil...not a strenuous walk.

Thank Jeanne W
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Contact Kayak Jack at 941-538-1448. He's the best!