Shell and Beach Walks

Take a Walking Eco-Tour and Learn About Shells and the Beach Environment

Shell and Beach Walks FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a Shell and Beach Walk?

It's a guided walking tour at the beach given by a Florida Coastal Master Naturalist. We call it 'edu-tainment'. Education because you learn about the beach environment, and entertainment because it's fascinating and good fun for all ages. Our guests consistently thank us for helping them appreciate the beach from a fresh, new perspective.

  

A Shell and Beach Walk lasts approximately 90 minutes. The first segment is an introduction to shells and shell identification, where you'll see about twenty-five local shells from our collection. The second part is walking on the boardwalk and beach and learning about the coastal environment. We focus on seabirds and sea turtles since we have the incredibly good fortune to have both nest on our beaches.  


A Shell and Beach Walk consists of leisurely walking and standing, and walking distance averages approximately one mile or so. The Walk ends on the beach around sundown, and we recommend you plan to stay on the beach awhile to enjoy a beautiful Gulf Coast sunset.

How much are tickets? How do I get tickets?

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and space is limited.  

You can buy tickets online here or by phone: 727-313-6335


Tickets prices: 

  • Adult - $15.00 
  • Youth ages 5 to 17 - $5.00 
  •  Kids under 5 - Free (but must be registered)
    • *All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

(We try to keep the ticket price as low as possible for kids because we want to help them foster an appreciation of nature and become good stewards of the environment.)

  • Major credit cards accepted online, or call for reservations
  • Gratuities are welcome but not required

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Where do Shell and Beach Walks start and end?

Walks start at John's Pass Village and Boardwalk in Madeira Beach, FL 33708. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and meeting address is provided upon booking.  You'll get an email immediately after booking online with the meeting address, or we'll tell you the address if booking by phone.

Walks end on Madeira Beach right around sunset.  The beach is less than a 5 minute walk from John's Pass Village.  We suggest you stay on the beach awhile after the tour and enjoy the sunset.


John's Pass Village is a large, busy attraction with restaurants, shops, and more. Here are our suggestions of a couple of fun things to do here. The Sand Bar serves up great ice cream, and  some more unique offerings of authentic shaved iced and real root beer (and beer!) floats. Stop in to their cute shop at 121 129th Avenue East, Madeira Beach, FL 33708. They also have a collection of samples of sand from beaches around the world. 

The Alligator Attraction in John's Pass is an interesting place to go to before or after the Walk. You'll see a display of local and exotic shells curated by Shell and Beach Walks, as well as live alligators; reptiles; two sloths (!!); fish from around the world; and more. Their message is education and conservation, and 95% of the residents are rescued or surrendered pets.  The Alligator Attraction address is 12973 Village Blvd, Madeira Beach, FL 33708

What should I wear?

Dress for a casual walk, and wear shoes appropriate for the pavement and the beach. Protect yourself from the sun with whatever your sun protection routine consists of (hat, sunscreen, etc.).  If it's hot, you may want to bring water (in a reusable container if possible). In winter if it's cool, it will be even chillier on the beach due to the sea breeze, so bring a jacket.

Do Shell and Beach Walks go on rain or shine?

Yes! Walks proceeds in light, sporadic rain. Dress to stay dry with a rain jacket, hat, umbrella, etc.  If the rain is heavy, we have an indoor location and we bring the beach to you - so to speak - with our shell collection and dozens of photos of the beach, sea birds, sea turtles and more. All the information in the tour is conveyed while you stay dry and comfortable at a local restaurant.  It's the exact same content as the outdoor tour, minus the rain and sand in your sneakers. We can't control the weather, but we can make the most of it and still have fun!


If tour is canceled due to a severe weather event, you'll get a phone call  from us, and an email at the address the ticket was purchased, no later than two hours before start time. You'll have the option to reschedule or get a full refund for a severe weather event cancelation.  If in doubt, give a call at (727) 313-6335.  

Great blue heron at sunset seen on a Shell and Beach Walks walking tour and eco-tour

Will we see a sunset as part of the Walk?

The evening Shell and Beach Walks finish on the beach right around sundown in time to enjoy a gorgeous Gulf Coast sunset.  We recommend you plan extra time on your parking to stay on the beach for a while after the Walk to watch the colorful show and look for some shells. 

How about parking? Are there alternative transportation options?

Parking on the beaches can be challenging to find, especially in season.  

 John's Pass Village has street parking (with pay kiosks $2.50/hr), three large parking lots, and several smaller lots on side streets (all lots charge a fee). See a map showing locations of the 3 large parking lots on the website:  johnspassvillage.net  


Several good alternative transportation options are available:

  • Local buses are run by the PSTA. Here's the link for all the buses, schedules and fares: PSTA.net    Two buses/trolleys that run up and down St Pete Beach are: 

  1. PSTA's 'Suncoast Beach Trolley' starts north at Clearwater Beach and runs along the gulf coast beaches to 75th Avenue, St Pete Beach.
  2. PSTA's 'Central Avenue Trolley' runs from  75th Avenue on St Pete Beach south  to Pass-a-Grille Beach at the southernmost end of St Pete Beach, and to downtown St Petersburg at the other end of the route. 
    • Be aware you may need to change trolleys at 75th Ave, St Pete Beach
  • Use a 'ride share' option and take an Uber or Lyft
  • Local taxi on St Pete Beach - Bats Taxi  (727) 367-3702       
  • Free Beach Ride - local free shuttle - (727) 776-7553 
    • Drivers work for tips only. 

Cancelation Policy

You may cancel up to 24 hours before the Shell and Beach Walk starts for a full refund. Cancelations less than 24 hours prior to start time will not be eligible for a refund. If the Walk is canceled due to a severe weather event, you can reschedule, or get a full refund. No Shows are not refunded.

Sea and shorebirds on the beach during a Shell and Beach walking tour and eco-tour

Want your own Shell and Beach Walk?

Private Shell and Beach Walks are available. 

Prices start at $95 for up to 6 people.

Contact Us for details. 


We can also bring the beach to your group or organization with our entertaining Shell Talk. There’s lots of ‘show and tell’ during a Shell Talk - for example, you’ll see twenty-five  common shells found in the area,  lots of pictures of birds and sea turtles, and all the tour content can be conveyed inside without being on the beach. We bring the beach to you!  Contact us for pricing. 

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