Your GUIDE TO TAMPA BAY historic walking tours

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Your GUIDE TO TAMPA BAY historic walking tours

Reserve your spot today!

About Us

Experienced Guides

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Depending on which Historic Walking Tours or  Sightseeing Tours you select--Historic Downtown Plant City, West Tampa "Ciudad de Cigars," beautiful downtown Tampa, or the Latin Quarter of Ybor City--you will  enjoy a fun-filled one and a half-hour walking tour while learning about some of the area's most interesting and historic sites.  Gary G. DeSantis, Ph. D., US History 20th c., MA American Studies is your docent and guide to local history.  Dr. DeSantis is a former lecturer at several state colleges and universities including:  Florida State University, University of South Florida, Florida Southern College, and Hillsborough Community College.  As a resident of Tampa for over thirty years, let him enthrall you with his comprehensive knowledge of local history. 

Historic Sites

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Stroll the picturesque  tree-lined streets of Plant City's Downtown Historical District.  See how H. B. Plant's Railroad changed the course of West Central Florida and made his namesake the "Strawberry Capital of the World."  

Visit the ethnic enclave of West Tampa and witness how entrepreneur Hugh MacFarlane lured cigar factories, along with Cuban, Spanish, and Italian workers to Florida's one-time fifth largest city.

Walk the streets of downtown Tampa and re-live local history from its Native American beginnings to Spanish explorers and to the founding of Fort Brooke in 1824 and beyond.  

Step back in time and explore the multi-ethnic paella that is Ybor City--named for famed cigar magnate V. M. Ybor.  Learn how this bustling factory town put Tampa on the map. 



Fun and Informative

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Enjoy Historic Walking Tours and Sightseeing Tours of the Bay area's most memorable streets--whether Plant City, Tampa's Downtown, Ybor City, or West Tampa-- and have fun while learning about the area's past in an informative tour that will delight out-of-town guests as well as pique the curiosity of local residents.   While this is a fun and informative walking tour, Dr. DeSantis is  a trained and accredited historian dedicated to giving you an authentic social and cultural history of the area's past.  Tours begin at stated starting time regardless of weather conditions.  You are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring an umbrella along with a  bottle of water to hydrate yourself properly. 

EVENTS

Monday THRU SATURDAY mornings

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN PLANT CITY WALKING TOUR

7:30 am - 9:00 am - 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Tour begins @ McCall Park 100 N Collins St.

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Monday THRU SATURDAY mornings

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN PLANT CITY WALKING TOUR

A tour of Plant City's downtown historic districts.   Reservations required.

7:30 am - 9:00 am - 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Tour begins @ McCall Park 100 N Collins St.

monday. wednesday, friday, AND saturDAY afternoons ONLY

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN TAMPA WALKING TOUR

1:00 pm- 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm- 4:30 pm

Tour begins @ Oaklawn Cemetery 606 E. Harrison St.

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monday. wednesday, friday, AND saturDAY afternoons ONLY

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN TAMPA WALKING TOUR

 A tour of Tampa's downtown historic districts.   Reservations required. 

1:00 pm- 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm- 4:30 pm

Tour begins @ Oaklawn Cemetery 606 E. Harrison St.

Sunday mornings only

HISTORIC WEST TAMPA WALKING TOUR

7:30 am-9:00 am - 9:30 am- 11:00 am

Tour begins @ Villa Bros. Park on 700 N. Armenia Ave. across from Fort Homer Hesterly Armory.

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Sunday mornings only

HISTORIC WEST TAMPA WALKING TOUR

See West Tampa's once glorious cigar factories, stately multi-ethic clubhouses, and other local sites of historic value.  This tour is offered on Sunday mornings only.    Reservations required. 

7:30 am-9:00 am - 9:30 am- 11:00 am

Tour begins @ Villa Bros. Park on 700 N. Armenia Ave. across from Fort Homer Hesterly Armory.

TUESDAY AND THURSDAY AFTERNOONS ONLY

HISTORIC YBOR CITY WALKING TOUR

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Tour begins @ Italian Club 1731 E. 7th Ave.

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TUESDAY AND THURSDAY AFTERNOONS ONLY

HISTORIC YBOR CITY WALKING TOUR

Go back in time and discover the multi-ethnic enclave and neighborhood of Ybor City's cigar factories.

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Tour begins @ Italian Club 1731 E. 7th Ave.

Price List

Contact Us

Book online or Questions email us below.

Greater Tampa Bay Historic Walking Tours

Tampa, FL , USA

(850) 567-1009

Walking Tour Q & A

Do I need reservations?

Yes.   Reservations are required. To make call 850-567-1009. You will receive a text or e-mail confirmation.  

How much do tours cost?

All tours cost $20 for adults; $10 for children 6-12; and FREE for children under 5 with a paying adult. 

Do I pay in advance?

No. Cash or credit accepted when the tour meets.    

If paying with a credit card, you can swipe your card when tour meets at pre--designated starting point. . 

What happens if it rains?

We tour in all sorts of weather. Make sure to dress accordingly and bring an umbrella. 

Where do tours meet?

Plant City tour meets at McCall Park 100 N. Collins  St.  Downtown Tampa tour meets in front of Oaklawn Cemetery 606 E. Harrison St./N. Morgan St. West Tampa tour meets at Villa Park 700 N. Armenia across from Fort Homer Hesterly Armory (currently JFF of Tampa).  Ybor City tour meets in front of L'Unione Italiana 1731 E. 7th Ave.

How long are tours?

All tours are 90 minutes.