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“Catch a concert or one of the special events at this great little national park”

De Soto National Memorial
Tampa, Florida
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68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Catch a concert or one of the special events at this great little national park”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

The De Soto Memorial is a great little gem in the national park system. Located on the Manatee River, it has wonderful views of the river, Tampa Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico in the distance. It is a favorite site of local portrait photographers. There is a nice little hike through the mangrove forest, and the twisted gumbo limbo trees are something to see. Combine this with a trip to the beach (it’s just down the road from Anna Maria Island) or to nearby Robinson Preserve (on the river to the west) or Emerson Point Preserve (Emerson Point is right across the river). You can do a great kayak/paddleboard tour of all three parks (put in at Robinson Preserve or Emerson Point). Plan your visit around one of their special events if you can. The concerts on the lawn are great and their December luminary event is magical.

Visited December 2012
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texas
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68 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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“Free Can't Be Beat”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

This is part of the national park system.Admission is free.It is a very small national park but we enjoyed it. There is a demonstration of ancient weapons and a video.Employees were dressed in period costumes.Great for the price!

Visited January 2013
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Minnesota
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50 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“DOGS DOGS DOGS”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

There were dogs and owners everywhere on the trails. It was obvious that not all the owners picked up after their dog dropped a load as there were fresh dropping along the trails, and the owners we met, although their dogs were on leashes- they still were everywhere on the trail and we had to stop and step aside to allow the dogs to pass.- at times we were licked or sniffed at while we were standing waiting for the dogs to pass. The owners always say" He or she won't hurt you as if that is an excuse. People with animal allergies don't worry about being hurt as much as being slobbered on - something should be done to control this at the monument. The building and displays are great.

Visited January 2013
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Barrington, Illinois
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56 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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“Great beach walk through the mangroves with surprises!!!”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

Take the kids here on the weekends in the winter for their reinactments! Go into the lodge for the fantastic movie on De Soto and his encounters with the indians. Great geography lessons and ask for the free book and compass!

Visited January 2013
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Bradenton, Florida
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79 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“A good walk with a lot of history”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Too bad there are so many dogs attached to masters who do not keep them on leashes.
This is a regular daily for us. The 1-2 mile walk is always interesting even though we do it 5 days a week.
It is a shame that it is going to the dogs when there is a causeway beach allocated just for dogs.

Visited December 2012
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