De Soto National Memorial, Bradenton

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National Park · Hidden Gem · Hiking Trail
De Soto National Memorial, in Manatee County 5 miles (8.0 km) west of Bradenton, Florida, commemorates the 1539 landing of Hernando de Soto and the first extensive organized exploration by Europeans of what is now the southern United States.

The memorial includes 26 acres (11 ha), where the Manatee River joins Tampa Bay. It has 3,000 feet (910 m) of coastline; eighty percent of the area is mangrove swamp
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  • Beautiful quiet place. Nice large cross near the beach. Great views across the water. Good for picnics and walking. Dog friendly. Visitor center.  more »
  • This was a nice little historical stop on our travels. We learned a lot from the rangers about Conquistador Hernando de Soto's life and travels, and had a lovely picnic on the grounds. The location....  more »

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