The Jungle Prada Site and Anderson/Narvaez Tocobaga Mound
Q: Where is the tour?
A: We meet at Jungle Prada de Narvaez Park (Park St. N. and Elbow Lane N. 33710). The tour starts at the gate to the Anderson/Narvaez Tocobaga Mound which is located next to the parking lot at the park.
Q: What days are you open?
A: The tours are held every Wednesday through Sunday. We are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Q: Are there any other days you are closed?
A: We are closed on most major holidays. Check the banner at the top of the home page for updated holiday hours. Please check the home page of this website for any special announcements or unexpected closures.
Q: When does the tour start?
A: The morning tour starts at 11:30 a.m. and the afternoon tour starts at 2:30 p.m.
Q: Should I get there early?
A: We ask that you arrive about 10 – 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. There will be a short orientation and introduction when the tour begins, after which the gate will close.
Q: Isn’t that property called Sacred Lands?
A: No. The Anderson/Narvaez mound site is owned by the Anderson family. Sacred Lands Preservation and Education is an organizations that holds events on that private property, and so is Discover Florida Tours. For the Sacred Lands website, click here.
Q: How much does the tour cost?
A: $10 general admission for adults and $4 for children 2-12.
Q: Can I just walk around for free?
A: No. There is a park next door where you can, though.
Q: How can I pay?
A: You can use a major credit card or cash. Sorry, no personal checks please.
Q: How do I get there?
A: The Hubbard’s Marina Water Taxi based at John’s Pass delivers guests right to the dock at the Jungle Prada de Narvaez Park at 2:00 p.m., in plenty of time for the 2:30 tour. You can also drive yourself, the address of the park is 8398 Elbow Ln N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710.
Q: Are there any snacks or drinks for sale?
A: Water and soda is available for $1. There is a restaurant next door in the historic Jungle Prada mall building.
Q: What is so special about this tour?
A: This is the only place in Tampa Bay to hear the amazing full story of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca. This tour is a great way to learn about the Tocobaga Indians. The tour is led by a certified professional horticulturalist with experience working at some of Florida’s finest botanical gardens.
Q: What will I see on the tour?
A: You will see the best-preserved Tocobaga Indian mound in Tampa Bay. The mound has been protected from development and there are many artifacts still in plain view. You will also see a lovely private seaside garden that is home to over 50 peacocks. The coastal ecosystem transitions to a hardwood hammock with trees that are hundreds of years old as you walk inland towards the Indian mound. You will see a small museum space with displays featuring artifacts found on the site. You will see historic buildings representing the St. Petersburg land boom of the 1920s.
Q: How long are the tours?
A: The tour lasts approximately 60 – 75 minutes.
Q: How much walking is involved?
A: Not too much. The Anderson/Narvaez Tocobaga Mound property is approximately 3 acres in size and there will be places to rest as we walk around the site.
Q: What facilities are available?
A: There is a restroom available and there is air conditioning available in a converted greenhouse with plenty of seating for those who need a break.
Q: How large of a group can you accommodate?
A: We will usually cap the size of the tour at 35 people. Arrangements can be made for private group tours at special times for large parties. Call 727-430-2677 for details.