FAQS

Guided Tours of the Jungle Prada site and Anderson/Narvaez Tocobaga mound

The Jungle Prada Site and Anderson/Narvaez Tocobaga Mound

Q:  Where is the tour?

A:  We meet at Jungle Prada de Narvaez Park (8398 Elbow Ln N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710).  The tour starts at the gate to the Anderson/Narvaez Tocobaga Mound which is located next to the gravel 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 you open on holidays?

A:  We are closed on most major holidays.  Check the banner at the top of the home page for updated holiday hours.

 

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 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:  How do I take a tour?

A:  Just come to the Jungle Prada de Narvaez Park and park in the gravel lot to the left of the boat ramp 15 minutes before the tour starts.

 

Q:  How much does it cost?

A:  $10 for adults and $4 for children 2-12.

 

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 are no snacks available at present, but 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 the Narvaez expedition.  Of the 400 men that landed on our coast only four survived.  You’ll discover the harrowing tale of the first Europeans to explore the continent.  This is the best place in town to learn about the Tocobaga Indians and the incredible journey of Cabeza de Vaca – treasurer of the Narvaez expedition and chronicler of many native tribes.

 

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 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 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 cap the size of the tour at 35 people.  We can be a little bit flexible with that number but too much more and it becomes difficult to move around on the paths.  Arrangements can be made for private group tours at special times for large parties.  Call 727-430-2677 for details.

The Florida Botanical Gardens

 

Q:  Where is the tour?

A:  We meet in front of the Welcome Center at 12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33774.

 

Q:  What days are you open?

A:  Tours are scheduled by reservation only.  Private tours for large groups can be arranged for a variety of days and times.  Reservations are always required for tours of the Florida Botanical Gardens.

 

Q:  When does the tour start?

A:  The tour times vary.  Reservations are always required and we can accommodate larger groups with flexible scheduling.

 

Q:  Should I get there early?

A:  We ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. There will be a short orientation when the tour begins.

 

Q:  How do I take a tour?

A:  Call 727-430-2677 or email DiscoverFloridaTours@gmail.com to make reservations for the tour.

 

Q:  How much does it cost?

A:  $10 for adults and $4 for children 2-12.

 

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:  From Indian Rocks Beach take 5th Ave N to Walsingham Rd. then bear left onto Ulmerton Rd.  From inland get on Ulmerton Rd heading west.  The address is 12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33774.

 

Q:  What is so special about this tour?

A:  The Florida Botanical Gardens itself does not offer regular guided tours, and in rare cases when a tour is available it is often lead by a volunteer or part-time docent.  This is the only chance to explore the garden with a certified Florida horticulture professional and fourth-generation local who can explain the many traditional uses for the native plants, and help visitors appreciate the true virtues of the garden.

 

Q:  What will I see on the tour?

A:  You will see tropical and subtropical plants representing six different continents.  You will see native plants as well as Florida-friendly exotics.  You may see wildlife including but not limited to gopher tortoises, armadillos, rabbits, alligators, raccoons, birds, and turtles.  You will see demonstration gardens featuring herbs, fruits, and native plants.  You will see native subtropical ecosystems next to more formal gardens including a wedding garden, palm garden, and a tropical garden.

 

Q:  How long are the tours?

A:  The tour lasts approximately 75 minutes.

 

Q:  How much walking is involved?

A:  The is a decent amount of walking involved.  The gardens are spread over a large campus on both sides of McKay Creek and the McKay Creek Greenway.

 

Q:  What facilities are available?

A:  There is are restrooms available as well as an air conditioned gift shop.

 

Q:  How large of a group can you accommodate?

A:  We will cap the size of the tour at 35 people.  We can be a little bit flexible with that number but too much more and it becomes difficult to move around on the paths.  Arrangements can be made for private group tours at special times for large parties.  Call 727-430-2677 for details.