• We are currently all booked on this event. Watch the Harvest Moon rise during this guided kayak tour through the backwaters of the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve as the sun sets on one of the most superstitious days of the year. Experience the natural beauty of this mangrove estuary, and hear intriguing tales of pirates, mermaids, and local lore in the quiet of twilight. Black cats and broken mirrors are strictly prohibited. See you there, if you dare! Mound House kayak tours are conducted in accordance with Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism guidelines. All paddling and safety equipment provided. Ages 12 and up. Weather permitting. COST: $45 per person (MH Members $15) Museum admission included.
  • 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. 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. Reservations required.
    Weather permitting, park at 216 Connecticut Street (Mound House Overflow parking lot) walk to the main museum and check in at the museum store) Questions about the trip? Check the program description or call Dexter Norris at 239-339-3447 Length of tour 1.5 Hours Arrive how many minutes before 15 mins Pre sales cut off time Day before tour at 4pm Items to bring Sunscreen, sunglasses, water, water shoes, no flip-flops, hiking sandals ok- hat, snacks, comfortable clothing, dry shoes if you want to tour the museum after the trip. Items Supplied All kayaking equipment including safety equipment is included, museum admission is included in price. Tandem kayaks. Lockers available for personal items.
  • 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. 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. Reservations required.
    Weather permitting, park at 216 Connecticut Street (Mound House Overflow parking lot) walk to the main museum and check in at the museum store) Questions about the trip? Check the program description or call Dexter Norris at 239-339-3447 Length of tour 1.5 Hours Arrive how many minutes before (Tour Starts at 8AM) 15 mins Pre sales cut off time Day before tour at 4pm Items to bring Sunscreen, sunglasses, water, water shoes, no flip-flops, hiking sandals ok- hat, snacks, comfortable clothing, dry shoes if you want to tour the museum after the trip. Items Supplied All kayaking equipment including safety equipment is included, museum admission is included in price. Tandem kayaks. Lockers available for personal items.
  • SUNSET KAYAK TOURS (summer)


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    Scheduled to catch a beautiful sunset off the water of Estero Bay, participants will explore tidal creeks and winding mangrove tunnels extending into the hidden backwaters of the bay as only a kayaker can. This unique tour offers rare opportunity to experience the abundant life within our estuary in the quiet of twilight. Reservations required 239-765-0865. COST: $45 per person (Members $15) All paddling equipment provided.
  • SUNSET KAYAK TOURS (winter)


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    From: $25.00
    Scheduled to catch a beautiful sunset off the water of Estero Bay, participants will explore tidal creeks and winding mangrove tunnels extending into the hidden backwaters of the bay as only a kayaker can. This unique tour offers rare opportunity to experience the abundant life within our estuary in the quiet of twilight. Reservations required 239-765-0865. COST: $50 per person (Members $25) All paddling equipment provided.
  • Explore the winding mangrove creeks and hidden backwaters of Estero Bay as only a kayaker can. Dexter Norris, biologist, naturalist and Mound House Environmental Educator, guides this unique tour. Experience the abundant natural beauty of the ancient realm of the Calusa. Search for birds, fish, manatees and dolphins as you paddle through the Estero and Hell Peckney bays in a tandem kayak. Mound House kayak tours are conducted in accordance with Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism guidelines. All paddling equipment provided. Ages 12 and up. Weather permitting. COST: $45 per person (MH Members $15) Museum admission included. Private group tours available. Reservations required by calling 239-765-0865. Maximum of 12 paddlers per tour. Weather permitting, park at 216 Connecticut Street (Mound House Overflow parking lot) walk to the main museum and check in at the museum store) Questions about the trip? Check the program description or call Dexter Norris at 239-339-3447 Length of tour 2 Hour Arrive how many minutes before (tour starts at 8am) 15 mins Pre sales cut off time Day before tour at 4pm Items to bring Sunscreen, sunglasses, water, water shoes, no flip-flops, hiking sandals ok- hat, snacks, comfortable clothing, dry shoes if you want to tour the museum after the trip. Items Supplied All kayaking equipment including safety equipment is included, museum admission is included in price. Tandem kayaks. Lockers available for personal items.
  • Explore the winding mangrove creeks and hidden backwaters of Estero Bay as only a kayaker can. Dexter Norris, biologist, naturalist and Mound House Environmental Educator, guides this unique tour. Experience the abundant natural beauty of the ancient realm of the Calusa. Search for birds, fish, manatees and dolphins as you paddle through the Estero and Hell Peckney bays in a tandem kayak. Mound House kayak tours are conducted in accordance with Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism guidelines. All paddling equipment provided. Ages 12 and up. Weather permitting. COST: $45 per person (MH Members $15) Museum admission included. Private group tours available. Reservations required by calling 239-765-0865. Maximum of 12 paddlers per tour. Weather permitting, park at 216 Connecticut Street (Mound House Overflow parking lot) walk to the main museum and check in at the museum store) Questions about the trip? Check the program description or call Dexter Norris at 239-339-3447 Length of tour 2 Hour Arrive how many minutes before 15 mins Pre sales cut off time Day before tour at 4pm Items to bring Sunscreen, sunglasses, water, water shoes, no flip-flops, hiking sandals ok- hat, snacks, comfortable clothing, dry shoes if you want to tour the museum after the trip. Items Supplied All kayaking equipment including safety equipment is included, museum admission is included in price. Tandem kayaks. Lockers available for personal items.
  • Explore the winding mangrove creeks and hidden backwaters of Estero Bay as only a kayaker can. Dexter Norris, biologist, naturalist and Mound House Environmental Educator, guides this unique tour. Experience the abundant natural beauty of the ancient realm of the Calusa. Search for birds, fish, manatees and dolphins as you paddle through the Estero and Hell Peckney bays in a tandem kayak. Mound House kayak tours are conducted in accordance with Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism guidelines. All paddling equipment provided. Ages 12 and up. Weather permitting. COST: $45 per person (MH Members $15) Museum admission included. Private group tours available. Reservations required by calling 239-765-0865. Maximum of 12 paddlers per tour. Weather permitting, park at 216 Connecticut Street (Mound House Overflow parking lot) walk to the main museum and check in at the museum store) Questions about the trip? Check the program description or call Dexter Norris at 239-339-3447 Length of tour 2 Hour Arrive how many minutes before 15 mins Pre sales cut off time Day before tour at 4pm Items to bring Sunscreen, sunglasses, water, water shoes, no flip-flops, hiking sandals ok- hat, snacks, comfortable clothing, dry shoes if you want to tour the museum after the trip. Items Supplied All kayaking equipment including safety equipment is included, museum admission is included in price. Tandem kayaks. Lockers available for personal items.
  • New! Discover the various native plants that make up the gardens of the Mound House and how the Calusa Indians used them for their survival. Museum admission not included Length of tour 45 mins Arrive how many minutes before 10 mins Pre sales cut off time Time Of Program
  • This hands-on demonstration will explore how the most powerful American Indian tribe in Southwest Florida crafted their tools, weapons, and implements of daily life from their natural surroundings. Swing a real conch hammer, handle a shark tooth carving tool, and try your luck with an ancient atlatl “spear thrower” as you step back in time atop an ancient Calusa Indian Shell Mound. Museum admission included. Length of tour 45 min Arrive how many minutes before 10 mins Pre sales cut off time Time of Program
  • This hands-on demonstration will explore how the most powerful American Indian tribe in Southwest Florida crafted their tools, weapons, and implements of daily life from their natural surroundings. Swing a real conch hammer, handle a shark tooth carving tool, and try your luck with an ancient atlatl “spear thrower” as you step back in time atop an ancient Calusa Indian Shell Mound. Museum admission included. Length of tour 45 min Arrive how many minutes before 10 mins Pre sales cut off time Time of Program
  • 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. Perfect for families with children 6 and older Museum admission not included Length of tour 45 mins Arrive how many minutes before 10 mins Pre sales cut off time Time Of Program
  • 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. Perfect for families with children 6 and older Museum admission not included Length of tour 45 mins Arrive how many minutes before 10 mins Pre sales cut off time Time Of Program
  • 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. Perfect for families with children 6 and older Museum admission not included Length of tour 45 mins Arrive how many minutes before 10 mins Pre sales cut off time Time Of Program
  • 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. Perfect for families with children 6 and older Museum admission not included Length of tour 45 mins Arrive how many minutes before 10 mins Pre sales cut off time Time Of Program
  • 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 5 and older and adults. Perfect for families with children 6 and older Museum admission not included Length of tour 45 mins Arrive how many minutes before 10 mins Pre sales cut off time Time Of Program
  • 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 5 and older and adults. Perfect for families with children 6 and older Museum admission not included Length of tour 45 mins Arrive how many minutes before 10 mins Pre sales cut off time Time Of Program
  • 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. Perfect for families with children 6 and older Museum admission not included Length of tour 45 mins Arrive how many minutes before 10 mins Pre sales cut off time Time Of Program
  • 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. Perfect for families with children 6 and older Museum admission not included Length of tour 45 mins Arrive how many minutes before 10 mins Pre sales cut off time Time Of Program
  • 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. Museum admission not included Length of tour 45 mins Arrive how many minutes before 10 mins Pre sales cut off time Time Of Program
  • 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. Museum admission not included Length of tour 45 mins Arrive how many minutes before 10 mins Pre sales cut off time Time Of Program
  • New! Have fun with the whole family at the Mound House with a kayak tour designed for families with children ages six and up. Look for wildlife including birds, dolphins, and manatees as we cruise through the mangroves in Estero Bay. 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. Weather permitting, park at 216 Connecticut Street (Mound House Overflow parking lot) walk to the main museum and check in at the museum store). Great for beginners and family members of all ages. Questions about the trip? Check the program description on call Dexter Norris at 239-339-3447 Length of tour 2 Hours Arrive how many minutes before 15 mins Pre sales cut off time 2 hours before the tour begins Items to bring Sunscreen, sunglasses, water, water shoes, no flip-flops, hiking sandals ok- hat, snacks, comfortable clothing, dry shoes if you want to tour the museum after the trip. Items Supplied All kayaking equipment including safety equipment is included. Tandem kayaks. Lockers available for personal items.
  • New! Have fun with the whole family at the Mound House with a kayak tour designed for families with children ages six and up. Look for wildlife including birds, dolphins, and manatees as we cruise through the mangroves in Estero Bay. 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. Weather permitting, park at 216 Connecticut Street (Mound House Overflow parking lot) walk to the main museum and check in at the museum store). Great for beginners and family members of all ages. Questions about the trip? Check the program description on call Dexter Norris at 239-339-3447 Length of tour 2 Hours Arrive how many minutes before 15 mins Pre sales cut off time 2 hours before the tour begins Items to bring Sunscreen, sunglasses, water, water shoes, no flip-flops, hiking sandals ok- hat, snacks, comfortable clothing, dry shoes if you want to tour the museum after the trip. Items Supplied All kayaking equipment including safety equipment is included. Tandem kayaks. Lockers available for personal items.
  • New! Scheduled to catch a beautiful sunset, participants will explore tidal creeks and winding mangrove tunnels extending into the hidden backwaters of Estero Bay as only a kayaker can. This unique tour offers rare opportunity to experience the abundant life within our estuary in the quiet of twilight. Reservations required by calling 239-765-0865. COST: $45 per person, Museum admission included (MH Members $15) All paddling equipment provided. Weather permitting. Maximum of 12 paddlers. Weather permitting, park down at the Mound House and check in with Dexter at the kayak launch. Questions about the trip? Check the program description or call Dexter Norris at 239-339-3447 Length of tour 2 Hour Arrive how many minutes before 15 mins Pre sales cut off time 2 hours before the tour begins Items to bring Sunscreen, sunglasses, water, water shoes, hat, snacks, comfortable clothing. Items Supplied All kayaking equipment including safety equipment is included. Tandem kayaks. Lockers available for personal items.
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