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#11 Cultural & Historical Tour in the United States

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The Jungle Prada Tour

The Jungle Prada Tour is an immersive cultural experience at a one-of-a-kind historic landmark where 1,000 years of Florida history comes together. Explore this hidden St. Petersburg, Florida gem on our historian-led walking tour. The privately-owned Anderson property, sometimes known as Sacred Lands, features one of the best-preserved American Indian mounds in the state. The tour lasts 75-90 minutes. A small museum with archaeological artifacts is included with admission. Advance registration is required. See tour schedule below for details.

Tocobaga Village

Jungle Prada was part of a Tocobaga village for about 600 years (1,000 CE – 1,600 CE).  The village plaza and a 900′ ft. long midden have been lovingly stewarded by the Anderson family for more than 80 years.  Used as a gathering place for centuries, this Mississippian cultural site is the perfect place to discuss the history of human settlement around Tampa Bay and the Southeastern United States.

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Spanish landing site

In April of 1528 a Spanish conquistador, the one-eyed Pánfilo de Narváez, landed at or near the Jungle Prada Site. Three hundred men from his expedition walked north, but only four survivors, led by Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, completed a journey from Florida to the Pacific that took 8 years (1528-1536).  We will tell the story of what happened to them.

The roaring twenties

In 1925 developer Walter P. Fuller constructed a Mediterranean-style mall near the Tocobaga mounds which he named “Jungle Prado.” A nightclub there called “The Gangplank” became a speakeasy during Prohibition when Fuller accepted a large shipment of illegal whiskey.

Peacocks

Colorful peacocks have been residents of The Jungle Site since the 1950s. Today you can see them strutting freely around our private seaside garden along the shore of Boca Ciega Bay. We see the peacocks on every tour.

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Important Information

Tour schedule:

Wednesday through Sunday

Tours start at 11:30am and 2:30pm
Gate opens 3o minutes before the tour.
Not all dates/times are available.  Please check the calendar on this website for the most up-to-date tour schedule.

Reservations are required.
Please arrive at least 10 minutes before tour begins.

safety statement:

Due to the historic nature of the property some surfaces are uneven. Please watch your step and always use caution. Potential risks include all those that arise from walking through heavily wooded or natural areas.

Pricing:

General Admission – $14
Child Admission (2-12) $6

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up until the start of the tour for tickets purchased on this website.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the start of the tour for tickets purchased through third parties.

Parking address:

1700 Park Street N.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33710

Contact info:

PHONE – (727) 430-2677
EMAIL – discoverfloridatours@gmail.com

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Gulfport Walking Tour

We are proud to partner with the Gulfport Historical Society to host The Original Gulfport Walking Tour every 3rd Saturday of the month at 3:00 PM. It starts at the Gulfport History Museum (5301 28th Ave. S., Gulfport, FL 33707).  For tickets, please click the button below to visit the historical society’s website, where you can also find out about other local events hosted by GHS.

Gulfport Historical Society Website

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