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The Jungle Prada Tour

The Jungle Prada Site History Tour is an immersive cultural experience at a one-of-a-kind historic landmark where 1,000 years of Florida history come together.  Explore this hidden gem in St. Petersburg on our historian-led walking tour.  The private property features one of the best-preserved American Indian mounds in Florida.  The history tour lasts 75 – 90 minutes, and admission includes a small museum with archaeological artifacts.  Advance registration is required and group size is limited.  See the availabilities calendar below and reserve your spot on the Jungle Prada Tour today!

Reservations

Important Information

Tour schedule:

TOURS ARE OFFERED WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
We are closed on Monday and Tuesday

GATE OPENS 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF THE TOUR
Please arrive at least 10 minutes before tour begins.

reservations are required

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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 UNTIL START OF TOUR FOR TICKETS PURCHASED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE

TICKETS PURCHASED THROUGH THIRD PARTIES ARE SUBJECT TO THEIR CANCELLATION POLICY
Usually free cancellation up to 24 hours before the start of the tour.

Parking address:

1700 Park Street N.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33710

Contact info:

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

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Tocobaga Village

The Jungle Prada Site was part of a Tocobaga Indian village for about 600 years (1,000 CE – 1,600 CE).  The village stretched along the eastern shore of Boca Ciega Bay.  The plaza and part of 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 Era cultural site is the perfect venue to learn about the human history of Tampa Bay and of the Southeastern United States.

Spanish landing site

In April of 1528 a Spanish conquistador, the one-eyed Pánfilo de Narváez, landed at or near the Jungle Prada Site village.  He had been named Adelantado (Governor) of Florida, replacing the deceased Ponce de Leon.  Three-hundred men from his expedition ventured north, but only four survivors, led by Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, completed a journey from Florida to the Pacific Ocean that took 8 years (1528-1536) and covered more than 2,200 miles.  We share the story of the survivors on our history tour!

The roaring twenties

In 1925, developer Walter P. Fuller constructed a Mediterranean-style mall near the Tocobaga mounds which he named “Jungle Prado,” after the “Paseo del Prado” in Havana, Cuba.  It offered stores, dining, and nightlife to guests at Fuller’s nearby Jungle Hotel.  A social club called “The Gangplank” at Jungle Prado became a speakeasy during Prohibition when Walter Fuller accepted a large shipment of illegal whiskey.

Peacocks

Colorful peacocks have been residents of The Jungle Prada neighborhood since the 1950s.   You can see them strutting their stuff around our private seaside garden on the shore of Boca Ciega Bay.  Seeing peacocks is guaranteed on every tour!

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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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Connections to some of our partners, plus some useful resources for students and lifelong learners!

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