This tour is a great way for visitors to get an introduction to St. Pete and for residents to learn a few things new about the 'Burg's past. Learn about and see what makes downtown St. Pete special as you take a stroll though a portion of the city's central business district and the Downtown National Register Historic District. Participants will see grand historic hotels, stately churches, and architectural treasures like the Snell Arcade and the Open Air Post Office.
Reservations are recommended as tour space is limited.
Sunken Gardens has a long history as one of Florida's few remaining "roadside" attractions. Its Mediterranean Revival styled building dates to 1926 and in the 1940's it was the local coca cola bottling plant. In the early 1920's, George Turner, who started the gardens, was charging a nickel for tours! Times change and in 1999 city voters agreed to purchase Sunken Gardens. Today, it continues to entertain and to educate residents and tourists under city direction.
Join SPP for an evening at the Gardens, including the "nickel" tour and an update on recent, ongoing and future plans for restoring and maintaining Sunken Gardens. And you will get to see the Flamingo flock!
The one hour lunchtime tour makes a great introduction for visitors or residents to the history of the city! Tour goers will get a chance to see some of the best of what makes downtown special, including architectural favorites like the 1926 Snell Arcade and 1916 Open Air Post Office. The tour, led by SPP president & architectural historian Emily Elwyn, is sure to leave with you with a new perspective on the history and growth of the ‘Burg.
Reservations are recommended.
Join SPP for a leisurely stroll along the waterfront where you will learn about the civic visionaries who transformed a working waterfront into one of the country's largest waterfront park systems. The waterfront is where baseball’s spring training got its start, was the 1914 home to the world’s first airline, the St. Petersburg Tampa Airboat Co. and the waterfront includes the 'Burg's historic fountain of youth - those on the tour will be able to try the fountain and, no doubt, will feel younger by tour's end!
Reservations are recommended!
St. Petersburg Preservation (SPP) and Keep St. Pete Lit are partnering to offer this fun tweak to SPP’s traditional downtown walking tour, a historic tour with a literary twist! The tour will show off the special architecture found around Mirror Lake, including Lang's Bungalow Court, the city's hidden mini-neighborhood gem! During the tour, local writers will offer inspiration as they read from their work. The tour will start & end at the Mirror Lake Carnegie Library, a special building that celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015! All in all, it makes for a great morning!
Reservations recommended as tour can fill!
Looking for something different & fun to do on a Saturday afternoon - then Join SPP for a stroll in the "suburbs" of funky and artsy Gulfport! The tour will look at this small town on Boca Ceiga Bay and its collection of historic commercial and residential structures. The tour will be led by Cathy Salustri, a Gulfport local, author and the arts & entertainment editor for Creative Loafing. Cathy has some great stories and always gives a tour you are sure to enjoy! Come a bit early and take a peak inside at the Gulfport Historical Museum where the tour starts or stay a bit after the tour and tryout some of Gulfport's fun "watering holes!"
Reservations recommended as tour size is limited.