De Soto National Memorial

Top 2% of attractions in Fort Myers
8 / 10

3 expert reviews

“Nestled on the Manatee River, west of downtown, this park attracts history buffs by re-creating the look and atmosphere of the period when Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto landed in 1539.”

– Frommer's

Fodor's Fodor's
"One of the first Spanish explorers to land in North America, Hernando de Soto came ashore with his men and 200 horses near what is now Bradenton in 1539." Full review
Travel + Leisure Travel + Leisure
"The Tampa Bay-area De Soto National Memorial commemorates the tale of Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto, who would eventually become the first European to cross the Mississippi River"