Shell and Beach Walks

Take a Walking eco-Tour Adventure - learn about Shells and the beach

Shell and Beach Walks FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions


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 fun! 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 walking on the boardwalk along Johns Pass for an overview of our sea and shore birds. We see so many different kinds of birds...and find out how to identify some of the most common ones. The second part is seated at picnic tables in the shade for an introduction to shells, where you'll see, touch  and hear about twenty-five local shells. Then we walk on the  beach to look for some of the shells, find out about amazing loggerhead sea turtles that nest on our beaches, and more. We are incredibly fortunate to have both sea turtles and seabirds nest on our beaches! 

A Shell and Beach Walk consists of leisurely walking, standing, and sitting, Walking distance averages approximately one mile or so. The evening Walks end 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 - $18.00 
  • Youth ages 5 to 17 - $6.00 
  •  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 our youth foster an appreciation of nature and become good stewards of the environment.

  • Major credit cards accepted
  • Gratuities are welcome but not required

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 give you the address if booking by phone.

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

Things to do in Johns Pass: John's Pass Village is a large, busy attraction with restaurants, shops, and more. Here are our suggestions of some fun things to do here. 

The Alligator Attraction in John's Pass is a wildlife learning center and 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, and over 200 amazing animals -  including a sloth (!!). Their message is education and conservation, and 95% of the residents are rescued or surrendered.  The Alligator Attraction address is 12973 Village Blvd, Madeira Beach, FL 33708. How about some fun on the sea?  Take a dolphin tour with Dolphin Quest or fun ride on the salty seas with the Pirate Ship Royal Conquest. Both tours leave from the same dock and have a mini gift shop to visit at 140 Boardwalk Place West, Madeira Beach, FL 33708 (Phone: 727-423-7824). All this activity will make you thirsty! The Sand Bar serves up great ice cream, and  some more unique offerings of authentic shaved iced, soft serve, and real root beer (and beer!) floats. Stop in this cute shop at 121 129th Avenue East, Madeira Beach, FL 33708. They also have a collection of sand from beaches around the world.  

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 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:  

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:    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. 

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. 

More questions?

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We look forward to walking with you!