Tours at Ashton

Come see the wild side of Ashton Biological Preserve!

From making sure our tortoises are healthy to managing wild habitats, the staff and volunteers at Ashton work hard every day to keep the Preserve running smoothly. It’s a job that needs to be done 365 days a year. Now, you can get a peek at the life of an Ashton crew member with an official tour of Ashton Biological Preserve.

During the tour, you will have a chance to get up-close and personal with the Ashton tortoises and our other educational animals. You’ll go on a safari tour of the Ashton protected lands and learn about the conservation work we do at the Preserve. You’ll see what makes our ecosystems so special and why upland landscapes like those at Ashton are so important to wildlife. Lucky tour-goers may even catch a glimpse of one of the amazing wild creatures that call Ashton home!


Tour schedule

Tours of the Ashton facility are offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. Tours last approximately an hour and a half. Groups leave the Ashton guest parking area on the following schedule:

Fridays at 2:00 and 3:30 p.m. EST
Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST
Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST

In order to ensure that our tortoises are prepared for visitors, tours must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance. For the safety of our guests, tour groups are limited to 10 people at a time.

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Preparing for your tour

Please remember that you are visiting a working preserve and conservation area and prepare appropriately:

  • Long pants are encouraged.
  • No open-toed shoes or sandals.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen and a water bottle.
  • No pets or dogs are allowed at the Preserve.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Parts of the Ashton tour involve walking in wooded areas and over uneven terrain, so please be sure you are comfortable with such activity.



All proceeds from your tour go directly towards conservation and the maintenance of the Ashton facility. This special tour is being offered at an introductory rate for a limited time.

  • $15 per adult (18 and older)
  • $10 for students with ID
  • $10 for senior citizens
  • $10 per child 12 and under


Have questions before scheduling a tour?  Email or call 352-538-9108.

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