De Soto National Memorial, Bradenton

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De Soto National Memorial's mission is to commemorate Conquistador Hernando De Soto's 1539 expedition through the Southeastern United States and to tell the history of the Native American tribal societies they encountered.
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  • Take the time to seek out this attraction. It's a beautiful spot to visit. The history is very well explained around the grounds and in the visitor center. The walking trails are stunning.  more »
  • The area Is beautiful and very interesting. The history is told in an entertaining manner. The trails are beautiful winding from the river into majestic plant life.  more »
  • Alas, the famous and much beloved giant gumbo limbo tree is gone, but this wonderful park lives on. Our dogs know every inch of the trains and boardwalk, but we go back time and time again. It is neve...  more »
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  • I've been going here since 1989. They have improved the park some. The upkeep of the grounds is top notch. The Banyan trees are always not one to miss while you're here. They have a small history movie to watch about Desoto inside the main building and you can listen to audio outside within the grounds. Great walking path to the water underneath the covered trees. This is a great place for families and school tours.
  • First time coming here since moving here about a year ago. Is a pretty nicely maintained park. Nice shaded trails along the shores, great place to bring dogs for a short stroll. Decent information center to learn a little bit about the explorer DeSoto and his quest for gold and is free to the public.
  • My family spent a afternoon here. It was great to walk the trails along the water and learn new information along the way. They did a show on what weapons of the time were and what they did. The staff were very knowledgeable and the kids got to learn what devices were used in those times.
  • It's gorgeous here! The water is amazing. Just make sure to wear water shoes if you decide to jump in. There are tons of seashells everywhere so keep your feet safe. There are shells all along the beach that you can fine. If you're lucky enough it'll be a fully solid one. I would definitely come back right after high tide, as early as possible. They have a small visitor center. Which has a lot of learning experiences. You can grab mail the Spanish used to wear. Which I wish they would have more Native Stuff than the Spanish.. how they were on this land first and what not. (Which sorry if anyone is going to get pissy with this, but whatever. I grew up in the Everglades with the Seminoles and the Miccosukees who would tell me horror stories about the Spanish coming in and the Vikings) If you love nature and you love nature trails this is the place for you.
  • Short trails surrounded by water. Perfect place to go for a walk and discover Florida's history. There are picnic tables and benches along the trail to enjoy waterfront breeze and views. Bring a dog along and let him/her enjoy a bath in the warm waters.
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