Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long are the tours?
A: The guided tour is 75-90 minutes long. There is also a small museum on-site, so most people spend about 1.5 – 2 hours total.
Q: Is it a burial mound?
A: No, it is not a burial mound, but rather a ceremonial gathering place that was used for centuries along the coast of Boca Ciega Bay. There have been at least three professional archaeological digs at the site and to date nobody has ever found a single human bone. On the tour we will discuss several different reasons that the Tocobaga built mounds including the locations of known burial mounds around Pinellas County.
Q: Do I need a reservation?
A: Yes, reservations are strongly recommended. We limit the size of each tour to 25 people, and regular tours are sometimes preempted by private events on the property. It is important to reserve in advance to make sure you will be able to attend the tour.
Q: How do I make a reservation?
A: The easiest way is to use the calendar on the home page of this website to purchase your ticket online, but you may also call 727-430-2677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call or email if you have a gift certificate or voucher from a third-party site.
Q: Is there free parking?
A: Yes. Park at Jungle Prada de Narvaez Park, on the corner of Park Street North and Elbow Lane North (1700 Park St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710). Drive past the JP Tavern and look for our entrance to the left of the boat ramps. Call 727-430-2677 if you need help finding us.
Q: What is the cancellation policy?
Tickets purchased through this website can be cancelled with a full refund for any reason up until the start of the tour. Tickets purchased through a third party website, such as TripAdvisor or Viator, are subject to their refund policy. Currently TripAdvisor allows free cancellation up to 24 hours before the start of the tour. We are happy to offer all customers a rain check to come on the tour another time if they cannot make their reservation.
Q: What if it rains?
We try to go on with the tour even in a light rain shower. That said, the above cancellation policy applies. If there is lighting, high winds, or the weather is otherwise too bad to do the tour we reserve the right to cancel that tour and issue full refunds minus any booking fees. If it starts raining during the tour we have a covered area to retreat to.
Q: I have a prepaid voucher or gift card. How can I make a reservation without paying again online?
A: Call (727) 430-2677 and let us know you have purchased a ticket online, or email email@example.com to confirm your preferred travel date.
Q: Do I need to get there early?
A: Because we start promptly, we ask all of our guest to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of your tour. The gate to the Anderson/Narváez property will open 30 minutes prior to the start time on your ticket.
Q: Can I walk through the site without taking a tour?
A: The public portion of the Jungle Prada Site is a city park which is open from dawn until dusk. The private portion of the site, however, is only available by guided tour.
Q: Isn’t that place a public park?
A: Jungle Prada de Narváez Park is a public park located just north of the private Anderson/Narváez property where our guided tours take place. The park includes a small Indian mound, a fishing pier, and a boat launch.
Q: Isn’t that place called Sacred Lands?
A: Sacred Lands Preservation and Education is the name of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that hosts multicultural events at the Anderson/Narváez property. The guided history tour is provided by Discover Florida Tours.
Q: What’s the difference between Discover Florida Tours and Sacred Lands?
A: Discover Florida Tours operates the historical guided tours, which are separate from the activities of the non-profit Sacred Lands. We both occupy the same historic location but fill different niches. Sacred Lands does spiritual events, music, and community meetups, and Discover Florida Tours does a 75-minute tour packed with tons of Florida history.
Q: What will I see on the tour?
A: Mainly peacocks, subtropical plants, and one of the best-preserved American Indian mounds in Florida!
Q: Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
A: The site is mostly wheelchair accessible. The only part that isn’t is the Tocobaga mound itself. It is optional for guests to walk the stone path that leads to the top of the mound, but not a required part of the tour.
Q: Are pets allowed on the tour?
A: Dogs and other pets are NOT allowed on the tour because they tend to frighten the peacocks. Service animals are always permitted.
Q: Can I arrange a private tour?
A: Yes, private tours and group tours are available. Call us at 727-430-2677 or email us today to discuss your private event.