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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  • We came to get our cancellation, available near the bathrooms of the visitors center. The center is not open they have it blocked off except for the walk way to the bathroom. We were so happy we...  more »
  • This is amazing, but not for kids expecting a beach, swings, slides or bathrooms. More of a nature experience, it's Florida without the attractions or craziness:)  more »

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