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De Soto National Memorial

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Address: 75th St. NW, Bradenton, FL 34280
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This park is a hidden gem in West Bradenton. It's not that large but it has some nice walking trails and informational tours.

Reviewed 10 November 2016
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Bradenton Florida
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Bradenton Florida
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41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

This park is a hidden gem in West Bradenton. It's not that large but it has some nice walking trails and informational tours.

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Kirkland, Washington
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351 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

We always try to stop at NPS sites when traveling... This spot was small but very nice... Learned a lot from the video... The volunteer staff helped us greatly... Worth a stop.

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Largo, Florida, United States
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

We sailed south for the weekend and tried to get onto Egmont Key, but the water was too rough and shallow. We found a calm anchorage just offshore of De Soto National Memorial and spent a few hours exploring. It was a nice little fine. Great for just a few hours - nice walk around the nature trail which is... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Great walking trails, beach access for the dogs, and lots of historical information and displays. Great place to spend an afternoon

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Palmetto, Florida
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27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is a beautiful piece of land that juts out into the Manatee River near the convergence of Tampa Bay & the Gulf of Mexico. The views are certainly enjoyable. However, the lack of trail maintenance means you'll be fighting slippery boardwalks, muddy trails, and low hanging branches across the whole trail system. The dated (hokey, cheesy, cheap, and mostly... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Beautifully kept and well managed area with historical significance. Lovely walks through diverse plants, trees and mangrove swamps; fabulous views of the river (dolphin spotting adds to the experience). Perfect for all ages.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

South of Tampa/St. Petersburg on the bay is the spot where Hernando DeSoto waded ashore to begin his quest for gold and glory. He left a party here to guard their supply cache. Today the site is home to a recreation of the camp DeSoto's men built. During the summer park rangers give demonstrations of what life in a remote... More 

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Atlanta, Ga
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

Wonderful national memorial that can be completed in less than an hour right where DeSoto landed! You have realistic views of what the original landing would have encountered.

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Bradenton, Florida
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Another one of those hidden gems! It's so worth a visit and a wonderful place for a relaxing stroll. There is a short walk or a longer walk. It's very interesting and historical as well. You get many viewpoints along the way of Manatee River and Tampa Bay, as well as a nice walk through different types of mangroves. Look... More 

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4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

We visited here on a day that began cloudy, weather was iffy, so we decided to forego the beach and look around town. Staff is knowledgeable, the property is gorgeous, views are lovely, and it's not too big or overwhelming.

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