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“Those conquistadors! Always wrecking everything.”

De Soto National Memorial
Reviewed March 12, 2013

This February was my second visit. Pleasant, easy hike for most abilities. Enjoyed the historical stories and was totally SURPRISED by the surprises, shhhh, can't tell you or you won't be SURPRISED! This second time the small museum was open. Definitely worth the visit. There is a short documentary reminding you, as sweetly as they could, that the white men were vicious [--], decimating the local native populations. The rangers were helpful, pleasant, and knowledgeable. I think all ages would enjoy this Memorial.
Peace and Paint,
Debbie

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Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

We had a nice time exploring this place. There is an interesting film in the Visitor's Center that provides a background and history of the Explorer, DeSoto, who never
was able to succeed in his quest to find gold. The film provided a picture of what the area was like and the struggles if the many who lost their lives including DeSoto in the pursuit of riches. It is a lovely setting. We enjoyed the easy 3/4 mile walk on the nature trail by the water that provided additional historical information along the way. This is a part if the National Park System and there were no charges for admission or parking. This is a very good experience not to be missed!

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

A glimpse of Florida history in a scenic setting. DeSoto did not find gold here but left his tracks and opened up the new world. The big cross is the monument by the water and the hourly re-enactment of the old weapons are there.

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

This park was so much fun and had so much going on. The park ranger was very informative and spoke before the short film. The film was interesting. There were cool dress up clothing for kids and an art area. The nature walk was very nice and relaxing as it winded over several bridges and along the ocean. On the walk I saw a lot of wild birds and animals. I think this is a great place to go with friends and family!

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

If you're visiting Bradenton, the De Soto National Memorial is not to be missed. Imagine Florida in the 1500's. No air conditioning, bug spray, sunscreen- nothing but thick underbrush and foliage. The monument staff do an amazing job of re-creating the past (with all of the aforementioned amenities for your enjoyment, of course!)

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