The Jungle Prada Site & Anderson/Narvaez Tocobaga Indian Mound
The Jungle Prada site and Anderson/Narvaez mound is a family-owned historic site is St. Petersburg, Florida. It is only available by guided tour. There are over 50 peacocks and peahens that call the Jungle Prada site and Anderson/Narvaez mound home. These free roaming birds always steal the show. The Anderson/Narvaez Indian mound is one of the best-preserved Pre-Columbian Native American sites 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. We will discuss the local history of the beaches, the hurricane history of Tampa Bay, and much more. Don't miss this botanical and historical experience. It's a unique taste of old Florida.
Tours are 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday through Sunday
$10 Adults - $4 Kids (2-12)
Parking Entrance: 1700 Park Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710. Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the tour starts. Reservations are recommended but not required. Want to arrive by boat? The Tampa Bay Ferry and water taxi arrives at the Jungle Prada site at 2:00 p.m. and departs at 4:00 p.m. Call 727-393-1947 for information about the water taxi.
“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.” – Doris Anderson