• 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Explore the natural treasures on Fort Myers Beach every Tuesday at 9 am through a guided walk along the shore. Participants should meet at Newton Beach Park under the thatched hut (4650 Estero Blvd). Weather permitting. Weather permitting, meet under the thatched tiki hut at Newton Beach Park, 4650 Estero Blvd. Length of tour 45 mins Arrive how many minutes before 10 mins Items to bring Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and appropriate clothing required
  • Participants will have the opportunity to view artifacts currently not on display and sort through material from the shell mound. Get down to the nitty-gritty of being an archaeologist by learning some of the techniques and tools that are used. This program is suited for visitors of all ages. Museum admission included. Length of tour 45 min Arrive how many minutes before 15 min Pre sales cut off time 5 minutes before tour
  • New! Leaving port from Fish Tale Marina, board the Estero Bay Express on an exclusive experience to Mound House and onto Mound Key, Capital of the Calusa. At both sites, you will learn about the rich history of the Calusa as well as new findings scientists are discovering about this ancient society. Guests will disembark from the boat to hike the trails of Mound Key. All along the way, discover the ecology of Estero Bay as you search for diverse wildlife including dolphins, manatees, and birds. This trip requires walking and traveling over rough terrain. Museum Admission for the Mound House is built into your ticket price for you to come back and visit the museum another day just simply provide your name under the reservation and date of the boat tour you signed up for. These tours leave out of Fish Tale Marina 7225 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach 33931. The terrain on Mound Key is very rough. No ADA accessibility. Length of tour 3 hours 15 min Arrive how many minutes before 20 min Pre sales cut off time 20 minutes before tour What to bring Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, water, good hiking shoes or sandals, snacks, wear comfortable clothing Items Supplied Water cooler. Bring your own container to refill NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR BOAT TOURS TO MOUND KEY! CALL 239-765-0865 FOR MORE INFORMATION AND RESERVATION COST: $55 per person; Members $50. Weather permitting. Tuesday, January 7, 2020 11:30am -2:45pm Sunday, February 9, 2020 1:30pm - 4:45pm Thursday, February 27, 2020   2:00pm - 5:15pm Monday, March 9, 2020 1:30pm - 4:45pm Friday, March 27, 2020 2:00pm - 5:15pm Saturday, April 11, 2020 2:00pm - 5:15pm Monday, April 27, 2020 2:15pm - 5:30pm
  • 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