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.
Tickets must be purchased in advance, and space is limited.
You can buy tickets online here or by phone: 727-313-6335
We try to keep the kids ticket price as low as possible because we want to help them foster an appreciation of nature and become good stewards of the environment.
Walks start at John's Pass Village in Madeira Beach, FL. **Tickets must be purchased in advance.** The starting location is in front of the Alligator Attraction at John's Pass Village - 12973 Village Blvd, Madeira Beach, FL 33708. The Alligator Attraction is on the second floor (elevator is available).
Walks end on the 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.
The Alligator Attraction is an interesting place to go to before or after the Walk. You'll see a display of local and exotic shells, as well as live alligators, reptiles and fish from around the world, and more. Their message is education and conservation, and 95% of the residents are rescued or surrendered pets.
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.
Walks proceeds in light, sporadic rain. Dress to stay dry with a rain jacket, hat, umbrella, etc. Tour will be canceled in heavy rain/bad weather. If tour is canceled due to bad weather, 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 bad weather cancelation. If in doubt, give a call at (727) 313-6335.
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.
Parking on the beaches can be challenging to find, especially in season.
John's Pass Village in Madeira Beach is a large, busy attraction with restaurants, shops, and more. There's 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:
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 bad weather, you can reschedule, or get a full refund. No Shows are not refunded.
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, dozens of pictures, and all the tour content can be conveyed inside without being on the beach. Contact us for pricing.