You probably already know that Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL is home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright designed structures in the world. These thirteen structures include the previously unbuilt Usonian Faculty House, Wright’s largest water feature, the Water Dome, and the William H. Danforth Chapel.
Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center
What you may not know is that the campus has a beautiful Visitor Center – the Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center. The Center features the GEICO Gift Shop and is where daily guided tours begin and end. Be sure to add some shopping time to your schedule because you'll want to spend some time looking through the store.
GEICO Gift Shop
This gift shop has a wide variety of gift options and collectibles that are stylish and timeless, just like Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs. From lamps, ceramic coasters, puzzles, books, t-shirts or silk scarves – you’ll find something perfect to remind of your time in Lakeland and of your tour. We found a few Christmas and birthday gifts for friends during our last visit.
Standard Guided Tours
The following tours are available:
- Usonian House Tour
- Basic Tour – 60 minutes
- In-Depth Tour – 2 hours
- Group Tours – length varies
- Behind the Scenes Tour – 3.5 hours
- Accessibility Tour - length varies
- Wright After Dark Tour* – 90 minutes
*The first Wright After Dark Tour will be on January 11. Visit our Calendar of Events for details.
For those interested in a self-guided tour, stop by the Center to purchase a walking tour map.
Tours Discounts Available
Be sure to ask a Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center associate about discounts. 10% off is available to AAA members, senior citizens, members of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and members of the FLLW Building Conservancy. If you do not qualify for those discounts, book your tour in advance. Online bookings receive 10% off discounts as well.
The Usonian House
We happened to stop by the Visitor Center 10 minutes before a Usonian House Tour was set to begin (guided by Paul W.) so we followed along with Bradley A. and Connie A. from Northern Illinois. We will publish a blog post about that experience in a few days.
We were lucky though! Reservations are strongly suggested. Guests arriving the day of the tour will be accommodated based on tour guide availability.
Visit the Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center
Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center is located on the north end of Florida Southern College. The Center is open Monday - Sunday from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Center is closed for Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
840 Johnson Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33803
Parking is available across the street at Florida Southern College.