Who We Are

“Truly enjoyable experience. Worth the money. The time was perfect. Enjoyed the knowledge that was imparted. Lived here for 20 years and did not know it exists!”  Karen G.

Our mission at Discover Florida, LLC is to provide high quality, educational, and entertaining guided tours that showcase Florida's diverse ecology and rich history. We believe in preservation and in good environmental stewardship, and we hope to increase the public perception of value in these ideas through our tours. We want to tell the stories of the Tocobaga Indians who lived around Tampa Bay over 500 years ago, and of the pioneers and settlers who made our modern city. This is the only tour in Tampa Bay that tells the whole amazing true story of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca and Estebanico, who walked from Florida to the Pacific Ocean from 1528 to 1536. Do you have questions about plants? All of our tours are led by a certified professional horticulturalist. We want to help residents learn more about our seasons and growing conditions, so that they can get the most out of their Florida landscape without harming the environment.

All of our tours are led by a fourth-generation St. Petersburg resident, and grandson of the original property owner at the Anderson/Narvaez archaeological site, David Anderson. David is a University of Florida alumnus who has led thousands of guided tours with themes like history, science, ecology, and horticulture. He is an FNGLA certified horticulture professional, and a former employee at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Ft. Myers, Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg, and The Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. He is also an experienced public speaker who frequently offers presentations for libraries, garden clubs, residential and service organizations. David is highly passionate about sharing the hidden history of Tampa Bay, and helping people find their own sense of place in Florida.