Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center, featuring the Wright-designed Usonian house and GEICO Gift Shop, was opened as part of an ongoing effort to better educate visitors to the Wright architecture at Florida Southern College.
The Center provides a home for the permanent display of photographs, furniture, and drawings depicting Wright’s relationship with the College. The Center also acts as a home for visiting exhibits on loan from various other Wright sites.
In 2012, the Florida Southern College Historic District was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior for being the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.
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Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center and GEICO Gift Shop
Monday – Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
The Center is closed for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day
Water Dome Hours
Monday – Sunday
9:45 AM – 11:30 AM
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Make Your Reservations Today
Reservations are strongly suggested. Guests arriving the day of the tour will be accommodated based on tour guide availability.
Groups larger than ten guests need to schedule a specialty group tour so we can plan ahead to accommodate the size of your tour group.
Self Guided Tour
Stroll the campus at your own pace. Self guided walking tour maps can be purchased inside the Tourism and Education Center from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM.
Usonian House Tour
Visit the recently completed Usonian house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939 as one of twenty faculty houses. Inside view “Florida Southern College, Frank Lloyd Wright’s American Campus” starting every thirty minutes.
Cost: $7.00 per person
Schedule: Daily from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ten percent off for members of AAA, Senior Citizens, Active military, Members of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, FLLW Building Conservancy or by booking your tour online on all standard tours other than group and private tours.
Standard Guided Tours
Please allow extra time (30 minutes suggested) before your tour time for making your way to the visitors center.
Our Basic Tour is a 60 minute guided tour led by one of our experienced docents. It begins inside the Tourism and Education Center with a description of Mr. Wright’s vision for the campus and the unique method of construction he chose for the site. After leaving the Center you will walk across the campus as the docent tells the story of each of the Wright designed structures, including the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, the Danforth Chapel, and the Usonian House to explore their beauty from within.
Cost: $20 per person
Duration: 90 minutes
Schedule: Daily at 10:00 AM.
A longer two hour, In-Depth Tour, includes everything from the Basic Tour and then takes the visitor inside all of the structures where possible. This is our most popular tour.
Cost: $35 per person
Duration: 2.5 hours
Schedule: Daily at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM
The Basic or In-Depth Tour for larger groups of visitors. Cost is based on the number of visitors in the group and is scheduled on an individual basis to fit your needs.
Group Tours are by reservation only.
Please contact the Tourism and Education Center to arrange your Group Tour at 863.680.4597 or e-mail us to schedule a date.
Behind the Scenes Tour
Join one of our experienced tour guide for a Behind the Scenes Tour of the “Child of the Sun” campus. This tour takes visitors to spaces not included on any of our other tours, including the interior of the only planetarium designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Cost $55 per person, Reservations required.
Allow 3.5 hours, Schedule: 10:00 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Contact us directly to set up a time.
A tour route specially curated to accommodate people with mobility challenges.
Please Note: You must provide your own wheelchair, scooter, walker and there may be some limitations due to the nature of the campus route.
Cost $35 per person, Reservations required.
Schedule: 10:00 AM on Mondays. Contact us directly to set up a time.
Tours meet and tickets are sold at the GEICO gift shop located at 840 Johnson Avenue.
Driving: From Interstate 4, take exit #32 (US 98 South) The name of the street changes to S. Florida Avenue. Stay on South Florida Avenue about a half mile past the downtown area. Turn left on Frank Lloyd Wright Way (formerly McDonald St.) and go six blocks. The Tourism and Education Center is on the corner of Frank Lloyd Wright Way and Johnson Avenue in the butterscotch colored bungalow. Look for the American flag.
Parking: Parking is available across the street at Florida Southern College. Contact us for special parking instructions for buses and large motor homes.