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The Tampa Bay Area Sights

De Soto National Memorial

  • 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy. Map It
  • Bradenton
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 04/24/2014

Fodor's Review

One of the first Spanish explorers to land in North America, Hernando de Soto came ashore with his men and 200 horses near what is now Bradenton in 1539; this federal park commemorates De Soto's expedition and the Native Americans he and his crew encountered. During the height of tourist season, from mid-December to late April, park staff and volunteers dress in period costumes at Camp Uzita, demonstrate the use of 16th-century weapons, and show how European explorers

prepared and preserved food for their overland journeys. The season ends with a reenactment of the explorer's landing. The site also offers a film and short nature trail through the mangroves.

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8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton, Florida, 34209, United States

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941-792–0458 Ext. 105


Sight Details:

  • Free (donations accepted)
  • Visitor center daily 9–5, grounds daily dawn–dusk.

Updated 04/24/2014


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Apr 23, 2007

Sarasota Must See

Very informative with a beautiful nature trail. See how people lived in ancient and early Sarasota.

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