Mound House

Mound House, Fort Myers Beach: Hours, Address, Mound House Reviews: 4.5/5

Mound House
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Need2TravelMuchMore
Cincinnati, OH117 contributions
Appealed to the history nerd in me!
Jul 2021
Visited the Mound House with my family in late July 2021. I really enjoyed the local history lesson and the grounds are amazing. The underground portion where you can see the layers of shells that built the island was particularly interesting.

Staff was super friendly and able to answer all kinds of questions. I would have loved to do one of the hikes or a kayak tour, but it was just too hot the day we were there. I think there was more to do on the grounds than we got to as well – but again, we were melting in the July heat. We’ll be back for tours and kayaking on a future trip.
Written August 6, 2021
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sgoerke
Elkins Park, PA6 contributions
Beach Tour & Mound House
Jun 2021
We joined one of the free beach tours with Adam, he was very informative and kind for letting us join midway. This prompted us to check out the Mound House later that day, which was beautiful and a great way to learn more about the Caluso Indians. All the volunteers were very friendly and helpful, would recommend! Next time I visit I am hoping to check out their guided kayak tours.
Written June 24, 2021
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Geoff T
Narragansett, RI7 contributions
Beautiful Morning on the Bay
Jun 2021
We had an enjoyable kayak tour through an interesting section of Estero bay. It was quiet and peaceful, and we saw birds, turtles, and dolphins. Adam was a fantastic tour guide and was knowledgeable about wildlife and the history of the region. We also enjoyed the volunteer, Kim, who contributed her knowledge and experiences. Overall, I highly recommend this tour!
Written June 16, 2021
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Thanks for the stellar review! We are so glad that you had a great time with Adam!
Written June 17, 2021
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Chris M
Port Clinton, Ohio, United States379 contributions
Volunteers make the tour!
Jun 2021 • Couples
If you are an old person (physically or mentally) or just a history/archaeology buff, this is worth a visit. A once-private mansion built on an Indian mound comprised of shells from many different eras. The house was nice and airy, although many of the exhibits were replicas. The grounds are beautifully landscaped snd have many different plants.
Don’t miss the basement, where one can see the walls of shells compacted from all of the eras.
What really made the tour stand out were the great and knowledgeable volunteers. The volunteer who showed us around the house (From Lima, Ohio, natch!) was full of information. Ceel (formerly of Akron!) was a great guide in the basement mound, and was a real treat to listen to as she was actually involved in the dig and told us firsthand stories about her experiences.

May have limited appeal for kids or those with shorter attention spans but worth a visit.
Written June 14, 2021
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rwetherhold
Amherst, NY23 contributions
a great little museum; so go, already!
Apr 2021
We went there and liked the grounds and the house; the house is *perfectly* well preserved. There is a nice view of the river. The best part is the underground archeological room under the house; the presentation is excellent.
Too bad that everyone goes to FMB to sit and cook on the beach; take some time off and go here instead.
Written April 6, 2021
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Katharina B
2 contributions
Awesome!!
Mar 2021 • Friends
The tour was wonderful! Dexter was an EXCELLENT guide and was very knowledgeable. The scenery is really beautiful. We saw a manatee, several different birds, and Dexter gave me some excellent tips on kayaking. Excellent time!!!
Written March 30, 2021
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Content52
1 contribution
Kayaking at Mound House Outstanding
Feb 2021
My friend and I had a wonderful experience on the kayak tour offered at Mound House. We took the morning tour with Dexter as our guide. Everyone on the tour had limited experience with kayaking, but the waters were very easy to navigate even as a beginner. The historical and ecological information provided by Dexter made the trip so much more enjoyable. Easy pace.
Written February 27, 2021
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MNDoodles
Stillwater, MN550 contributions
A Gem of History and Culture
Jan 2021
What a hidden jewel this historic Fort Myers Beach site is! It’s an amazing story of Calusa Indians who first inhabited the area and their shell mounds discovered in an unexpected way. It’s also a story of later inhabitants who built their home and swimming pool atop the ancient shell mounds. The exhibits are fantastic, the volunteer guides are friendly and experts on the history. The location is on a gorgeous estuary with docks and boardwalks you can enjoy. This is a must see site on Fort Myers Beach. Our visit was about two hours total. I went twice to the gift shop because the merchandise is so well chosen and unique, Bravo to Pat, Annis and Misty for all their help and good information shared. This was a true highlight of our trip to Florida.
Written January 29, 2021
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Bluemermaid25
Chicago, IL538 contributions
Wonderful kayak tour
Jan 2021 • Couples
We took two kayak tours from here, the morning one and the sunset one. Adam is friendly, knowledgable, and patient. The kayaks are clean and well kept and Adam provides valet service by pushing us in the water, and out again at the end, without us even getting our feet wet! I like taking a guided kayak tour rather than renting on our own, because it’s relaxing to not have to decide which direction to go, and not have to pay attention to anything except the environment. We saw dolphins, Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons, Osprey, and others, and learned about the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve. The sunset tour is especially relaxing because it felt so calm and quiet. We finished before the sunset, which you cannot see from here anyway.
Written January 24, 2021
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suzannef418
Columbus, OH, United States6 contributions
Walk Back in Time at the Mound House
Nov 2020
Would you like to walk back in time to learn more about the ways of the local Calusa natives? What a treat to have docents engage us with stories and artifacts from the Calusa. Please allow several hours to see and do everything that is built on top of huge shell mounds from long ago. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at their outdoor tables. Check out the guided kayak tours that leave from here and schedule on at a reasonable rate. Great for a family field trip or just a personal adventure.
Written December 13, 2020
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  • Tue - Tue 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM