Director's Tours

Coming Up: October 13, 2018 - St. Petersburg

Join us for the 2018-2019 Directors Tour Season. We are excited to offer new and exciting locations this year. Jungle Prada, Sunken Gardens and St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts October 13, 2018, 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. (times are approximate) Cost: Edison Ford members: $125; non-members: $140 

Our first tour of the new season is to St. Petersburg. Our day will begin at the Jungle Prada site and Anderson/Narvaez Tocobaga Indian Mound, a National Register of Historic Places location. We will hear about the rich history of this secluded area from David Anderson, a fourth-generation St. Petersburg resident who is the grandson of the original property owner of the Anderson/Narvaez archaeological site. David is a University of Florida alumnus, a certified horticulture professional and he was previously a site historian at Edison Ford. David will uncover one of the best-preserved Pre-Columbian, Native American sites in the state that was also the landing site of Spanish explorer Panfilo De Narvaez in 1528. We will see up close the Narvaez-Tocobaga Indian Mound and hear stories of their life and survival here in Florida. David will share his vast knowledge so you will not want to miss this historical and botanical experience. Lunch will be provided at the Jungle Prada Tavern where the history continues.  

Our next stop will be Sunken Gardens, a landmark since 1935 and once known as Turner’s Sunken Gardens. In 1903, George Turner, purchased the property and drained a shallow lake that was once a sinkhole. He was an avid gardener so he used the rich soil to grow fruits and exotics from all over the world. The garden is now world renowned for its unique collection of plants. A private, docent-led tour will provide you with all the rich history of this long-time Florida attraction. Finally, we will head to the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts. A private, one and a half-hour docent-led tour will lead us through a vast collection of antiquities to include, Monet, Rodin, Pearlstein and O’Keeffe, as well as works that include more than 5,000 years of civilization. Known as one of the most beautiful museums in the Southeast, we promise, you will not be disappointed. 

Cancellation Policy - Cancellations must be made more than 14 days before the tour date to receive a refund unless your vacancy can be filled. 

We are excited to offer many new destinations for our upcoming Director’s Tour season and we hope you will join us. This season’s locations will include gardens, historic homes, art, fusion cuisine, architecture, sponge diving, and an extended trip to one of Henry Ford’s homes, The Ford Plantation in Richmond Hill. This tour will also include private tours of the Savannah Historic District.

All tours are subject to change and are based on availability. Spaces are limited and pre-paid registration is required. Edison Ford members receive discounts on Director’s Tours so if you are not already a member, join today!

Upcoming Tours

November 10, 2018 - Tarpon Springs - Private tour of Downtown Historic District, narrated tour of the sponge docks and lunch at a Greek restaurant. We will finish the day with a boat tour that includes a sponge diving expedition.

December 1, 2018 - Fort Lauderdale - Enjoy a private tour of Flamingo Gardens, dinner and a special evening at the Bonnet House with Christmas décor and live music. This is a perfect way to start off your holiday season. Wear your ugly holiday shirt to win a prize!

January 12, 2019 - Miami - Wynwood Culinary and Art Tour; come see and taste the local flavors and art of this amazing area of Miami. Learn about the culture behind the food and hear the stories behind the creation of Wynwood, its history and the people who created the largest outdoor museum in the world while savoring cuisine by some of the most talented chefs in Miami.

February 2, 2019 - Lakeland - We will explore one of America’s greatest architects, Frank Lloyd Wright, at Florida Southern College. This will also include a Historic Lakeland Tour, lunch and a visit to Florida Polytechnic University.

March 4 - 8, 2019 - Richmond Hill and Savannah Georgia - TENTATIVE based on registration. Private tours to the Ford Plantation, Richmond Hill Historic District, Savannah Historic District and much more. More details and pricing will be available soon. Mark your calendars now!

April 13, 2019 - Sarasota/Bradenton - Private tour of Selby Gardens, lunch and a tour at South Florida Museum which includes the Natural History Museum, the Bishop Planetarium and the Parker Manatee Aquarium.

We look forward to another great season of travel, education and FUN!  Contact SMuske@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419 for information.