Fodor's Expert Review De Soto National Memorial

Bradenton Museum/Gallery

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.

Museum/Gallery Archaeological Site/Ruins Museum Village

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8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy.
Bradenton, Florida  34209, USA

941-792–0458

www.nps.gov/deso

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Rate Includes: Free (donations accepted)

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