We are not hosting Arboretum Tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 2024.
Advanced scheduled Group tours of 10 or more (20 maximum) are being taken by appointment only.
Please call 941.893.4703.
Join Docent Norman Burr on a 90-minute fascinating trek through the historic preserve. Walk through the arboretum and learn about rare, interesting, and exotic plants. Norman will discuss the geologic history of Florida and how plant life evolved. He will also share the history of the inhabitants of the Elling Eide Center from pre-history to today! Then, venture inside and see Elling Eide’s personal collection of Asian art and literature.
By purchasing a ticket, you agree to the following:
• You understand that the first part of this tour will take place outdoors for a minimum of one (1) hour. Florida weather is unpredictable and it may be extremely hot and humid while you are outside.
• You understand the tour will traverse uneven and unstable terrain, and that you must be able to independently or with the assistance of a companion or mobility device walk over such ground for at least one (1) mile. (The hike will not exceed 1.25 miles in length.)
• You understand that we encourage you to dress appropriately by wearing comfortable/sturdy footwear, sunglasses, a hat, and to bring your own water. (We will also provide water during the tour.)
*We can accommodate private tour groups, 10-20 people per group. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
“I was inspired and enriched by Norman’s passion and knowledge. I was pleasantly surprised by the collection of Japanese and Chinese art.”
“This is a hidden gem, full of informative and real beauty. Norman was a wonderful tour guide!”
“A Wonderful Hidden Gem in Sarasota and Arboretum Tour x5!”
“Norman is an incredible tour guide. He is incredibly knowledgeable and makes the tour very informative! I have attended his tour for the 3rd time and I’m still learning new things! Thank You to the Elling Eide Center!”