• New! Enjoy fun with the whole family at the Mound House with a kayak tour designed especially for parents and their children ages six and up. Look for wildlife including birds, dolphins, and manatees as we cruise through the mangroves in the Estero Bay. This trip is great for children and first-time kayakers with instruction on land before heading out on the water at an easy, relaxed pace. Reservations required 239-765-0865. COST: $15 (ages 6 to 12); $25 (ages 13 and up) Museum Admission included (Members $10) All paddling equipment provided. Weather permitting. Maximum of 12 paddlers per tour.
  • Go on a walking tour of the grounds once a Calusa Indian Village and learn about the history of the site, the variety of plantings and what lies beyond the mound that has sustained people for thousands of years.
  • Tour with one of our educators to explore one of the area’s most unique sites. Discover the sites eclectic history starting with the Calusa Indians who settled on the property 2,000 years ago.
  • Call 239-765-0865 for availability. These tours are guided by staff interpreters and perfect for both adults and families. Come and experience a variety of hands-on interactive and see inside a 2,000-year-old Calusa Indian Shell Mound!
  • Explore the cool tools of the Calusa, swing a real conch hammer, handle a shark tooth carving tool, and try your luck with an ancient atlatl “spear thrower” just like the Calusa Indians did 2,000 years ago. Perfect for families with children 6 and older.
  • New! Explore the ceramics of Southwest Florida and the Calusa Indians with this hand on the program. Participants will make and decorate their own piece of clay pottery while learning how the Calusa and other indigenous people made their ceramics. Sneak a peek at artifacts not currently on public display and learn how archaeologists study pottery fragments and other artifacts to better understand cultures of the past.

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    Explore the masks of the Calusa Indians! Create your own paper mask and try on several replica Calusa Indian masks that were discovered by archaeologists. Perfect for families with children 6 and older.
  • New! Explore everything fun at the Mound House! Interpretive staff leads families through this entertaining and educational experience you’ll never forget! Perfect for families with children 5 and older.
  • Explore what archaeologists uncovered about the Calusa Indians that lived on this 2,000-year-old Indian Shell Mound. Participants will have the opportunity to view artifacts currently not on display and sort through materials from the Calusa Indian Shell Mound. Get down to the nitty-gritty of being an archaeologist by learning some of the techniques and tools that are used. Perfect for families with children 6 and older.
  • The Calusa Indians used natural materials for many things. Learn how to braid cordage to create your own beautiful shell bracelet. Perfect for families with children 6 and older.
  • New! There is a wondrous variety of birds, insects, reptiles, and mammals which can be observed on the grounds and the local bay waters of the Mound House. Join us for a leisurely walk and close-up look at the wide variety of creatures that live or visit here during different times of the year.
  • New! Join us for a marine touch tank experience and see up close what marine creatures the Calusa Indians depended on for survival. Explore various marine species found on Fort Myers Beach and learn about their important role in the environment and how they were utilized by the Calusa, early settlers, and people today.