“Cool history tour given by a passionate guide, and grandson of the property owner! Great experience for history buffs and people generally interested in learning about the area.” Nikki E.
Jungle Prada Site and Anderson/Narvaez Tocobaga Mound
Wednesday through Sunday at 11:30 and 2:30
$10 Adults $4 Kids (2-12)
This site is only available by guided tour. The Jungle Prada site and Anderson/Narvaez mound is a family-owned historic site is St. Petersburg, Florida. This botanical and historical experience is a unique taste of old Florida. Located at the site of an ancient Tocobaga Indian village, the Anderson/Narvaez mound is one of the best preserved middens in the state. Artifacts found on the mound date primarily from 1300 to 1500 AD. This was also the landing site of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca. He came with the Narvaez expedition in 1528. Panfilo de Narvaez was looking for an empire in Florida to rival the Aztecs in gold and riches. What happened next is one of the most amazing and underappreciated stories ever told.
The tour also explores the lives of the Tocobaga Indians, including what they ate and how they lived. Our mission is to highlight Florida's rich history and diverse ecology in order to increase the public perception of value in the ideas of preservation and good environmental stewardship. Your tour guide is an FNGLA certified horticulturalist with experience working at some of Florida's finest botanical gardens. He will interpret the gardens, and you'll learn which native plants the Indians used in their daily lives. There are over 50 peacocks that call the Jungle Prada site and Anderson/Narvaez mound home. These free roaming birds always steal the show. We will discuss the local history of the beaches, the hurricane history of Tampa Bay, and much more.
There is plenty of free parking at Jungle Prada de Narvaez park (8398 Elbow Lane North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710). Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the tour starts. Reservations are recommended but not required. Call 727-430-2677 for details.
“There’s something about this place that people are looking for. It’s speaking to them in some way that is more than words we can tell about the history or anything else.”