People may think Florida doesn’t really have seasons, but it’s not true. While fall in Florida may not look like a riot of color from changing leaves or lead to brisk temps, shortly after Labor Day Floridians and visitors alike look forward to citrus coming back into season and temperatures edging back from the 90s.
One way to enjoy these gifts of nature is by taking a historic walking tour. If you’re visiting Beso Del Sol Resort this fall, soak up some local history and enjoy the citrus blooms on a refreshing walk through some of Tampa’s most fascinating cities. Most tours are offered in the fall and winter months (October through May).
Dunedin Historic Walking Tours
The Dunedin Historical Museum offers two walking tours. Advance reservations are requested. To make reservations call 727-736-1176.
Historic Daytime Walking Tour: Discover Dunedin’s early history and learn about its historic structures as the tour guide tells stories that reveal the history of the town. Tours are offered the third Friday of every month, October-May, starting at 10 a.m. and last about 1 hour. Cost is $15.
Victoria Drive Sunset Stroll: Take a lantern-guided evening stroll along secluded Victoria Drive and hear personal anecdotes about its early 1880s homes, those who lived there, and details of Dunedin’s early days. Tours are offered the second Friday of every month, October-May, starting at 5:15 and last about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cost is $15.
As Tampa’s sole National Historic Landmark District, Ybor (less than an hour from the resort) represents the spirit of immigration in America better than any other district in the area. The Tampa Bay History Center offers a 90-minute city walking tour focused on the founding and development of Ybor City in the late 19th century early 20th century. Tours are offered the second Saturday of the month, starting at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $20. Call 813-228-0097 to pre-register (required).
Ybor City is home to many other walking tours as well: Mafia Tour by Cigar City Magazine; Ybor City Ghost Tour; Ybor City Walking Tour/Cuban History and even a way to play your own walking tour with free routes you can download to your phone.
Downtown St. Petersburg Tour
Tour historic downtown St. Pete and learn about the Fountain of Youth the history of the Vinoy and the story behind the most ornate bathrooms in town. Tours are offered the first Saturday of every month starting at 10 a.m. Cost is $10.
St. Petersburg Waterfront Tour
St. Pete has a waterfront that’s the envy of many other cities. Learn how city planners created this unique urban amenity on a tour that pokes through the past. Tours are offered the second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. Cost is $10.
Roser Park Self-Guided Tour
This stroll through St. Petersburg’s first historic district takes you along Booker Creek from 4th St. S. to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. St. S. and up Roser Park’s hilly brick streets. Find a map at historicroserpark.org/outdoor-museum.
Walking Mural Tour
Take a colorful tour of almost 40 murals in St. Pete’s Central Arts District. Guides include artists who painted the murals, providing tourgoers with intimate insight into the process of design and execution. Tours are offered every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Cost is $19. Call 727-821-7391 to reserve space.
This doesn’t even scratch the surface of walking tour opportunities around Tampa! And if you’re less into history and more into haunting, stay tuned to this blog for the best ghost walking tours in the area – just in time for Halloween.
Have you done a walking tour around Dunedin or Tampa? Which ones are your favorites?