Friends of DeSoto

Friends of DeSoto National Memorial, Inc., was created on January 15, 2008, for the purpose of supporting a very special place – the National Park Service’s DeSoto National Memorial.

Our Small Park Has A Huge Local Economic Impact

Florida’s 11 national parks drew almost 10.7 million visitors in 2014, adding more than 9,750 jobs and $909 million to the Sunshine State’s economy, a National Park Service (NPS) report shows. Click HERE to view the Report home page.

The 2014 detailed report shows that 342,039 people visited De Soto National Memorial in 2014, a whopping 22% increase over 2013. Our visitors spent almost over $19.2 Million in communities near the park, supporting 304 local jobs.

The complete economic impact report can be downloaded HERE (PDF)

With federal funding cuts, the best way to maintain these programs is to join Friends of DeSoto National Memorial. Our Friends group raises money to support important programs such as concerts, educational programs, and maintenance of our Park’s facilities.

The Memorial is located in Manatee County, FL, northwest of the City of Bradenton at the mouth of the Manatee River. We are a private non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Florida.


Mission statement:

To initiate, promote, and support the educational, historical, interpretive, and scientific activities of the Desoto National Memorial.