Come experience Five Centuries of Florida History, on Saturday March 18th at De Soto National Memorial from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 pm. Hear the roar of muskets and, talk with period reenactors portraying Floridians from the past. There will fun and games for the whole family.
Experience History — Walk through time as you explore Florida’s great history. Poke around a Civil War encampment, or have coffee with GI’s from the sunshine state. Meet Spanish conquistadors, 19th Century artisans, and gulf coast Pirates. Travel through time in one day!
Activities for the Whole Family — There will be a special time traveler’s passport where kids can earn the De Soto Junior Ranger badge! We also invite the kids to come out in their own costumes from their favorite time-periods.
Food Trucks — We will feature food from Dee’z Diner and Kona Ice. They will offer Hot Dogs, Burgers, Nachos, and Kona Ice Snow Cones.
Free Shuttle Service and Event Parking — De Soto National Memorial is offering free shuttle service, provided by Siesta Trolley. Parking for the event and Trollies is at Martha B. King Middle School, located on 75th St NW. The Free trolley will run from 9:30 until 4:00 at regular intervals. There will be no parking at De Soto National Memorial for the day except for vehicles with a valid ADA tag. All traffic will be redirected to King Middle School.
Admission and all activities are free. Event hours are 10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. demonstration times and events will be posted on the day of, all activities are subject to change due to weather.
Event Parking at:
Martha B. King Middle School
600 75th St W, from 9:00 until 4:00.
For this one day, only event there will be no parking at De Soto National Memorial and the surrounding area all day. Any vehicles that come to the park will be redirected to King Middle School.
The Five Centuries program will feature blank weapons firing. So please expect loud sudden noises through-out the day.
De Soto National Memorial is open seven days a week. The Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset. For more information please visit our website: www.nps.gov/deso , or receive up to the minute updates by liking us on Facebook. 941-792-0458