De Soto National Memorial

The De Soto National Memorial commemorates a turning point in the history of Florida and the United States: the arrival of Hernando de Soto and his Spanish conquistadors. The men marched through the state in search of gold. The memorial takes you back to 1539, providing a glimpse at the world of the Native Americans and the conquistadors at the living history museum Camp Uzita. With the park's beaches, hiking trails, and boating opportunities, there are plenty of places to relax and take in the waterfront landscape. The weather in the area is warm year-round, so it's always a good time for a camping trip.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near De Soto National Memorial

The De Soto National Memorial offers an excellent blend of education and adventure. With options as diverse as craft demonstrations and kayaking trips, the park offers something for everyone in the family. Relax on the beach, take a dip in the ocean, or try fishing from the shore. Be sure to bring your binoculars—the spring and fall migrations bring fantastic bird-watching. Within a few minutes of the park, you'll find international restaurants, museums, and shopping.

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How To Get To De Soto National Memorial

From northern or southern Florida, the easiest way to get to the De Soto National Memorial is on I-75. If you're driving from Orlando or other northern destinations, take I-75 south to US-41 south. In Bradenton, turn east on FL-64 and north on 75th St. NW until you reach the park entrance. If you're coming from the south, take I-75 north to FL-64 east and follow the same route.


8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton, FL 34209

Fee: Entry Fee (per person)

There is no entry fee.

The De Soto National Memorial offers a look at the turbulent history of the United States' early days. Whether you're a history buff or an outdoor enthusiast, the park offers plenty to do. Maximize your time by renting an RV and camping at a nearby park; it's a wonderful way to experience the memorial and the other Tampa-area attractions.