Reservations are recommended as tour space is limited.
TOUR IS FULL. ANOTHER GULFPORT TOUR WILL BE OFFERED ON JAN. 20.
The time around the holidays is a fun time to look around funky & artsy Gulfport and there is no better way to do so then on this SPP walking tour! The tour not only gives you a look at this small town on Boca Ceiga Bay and its collection of historic commercial and residential structures but you get to hear some of Cathy Salustri's stories. Cathy, a Gulfport local, author and the arts & entertainment editor for Creative Loafing will be your guide to Gulfport. 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.
This is one of our favorite tours - the neighborhood holiday lights bicycle tour! And this year the tour will start/end at a historic home that truly is special - the 1923 airplane styled bungalow "Sargent" home (pictured).
During the bicycle tour, starting in the Historic Old Northeast, we will visit several of 'Burg's historic neighborhoods, making stops to look at the holiday lights/decorations as well as to hear a bit about neighborhood history. At the end of the ride, we will have some refreshments on the verandah of the Sargent home (interior home tour is not included).
If you are not already a SPP member or you are ready to renew your SPP membership, consider the membership special pricing category which includes the tour & a SPP membership (and if you use a Coast bike a one month Coast Bike Share memberhship).
Historic Kenwood is one of the country’s premier bungalow neighborhoods and this tour is led by resident guides excited to show off their neighborhood. It is also a National Register designated historic district. The tour will include a stop inside one of the neighborhood’s restored bungalows. After the tour, you may want to enjoy a drink or lunch at the Craftsman House, an American crafts gallery & cafe that was the original model home for Kenwood or one of the other neighborhood local businesses.
Wondering where you will take visiting family & friends after Santa's visit and a big holiday meal - bring them on SPP's holiday Downtown walking tour! Yes, we have a special tour happening on December 26, led by Emily Elwyn, SPP's president and an architectural historian who has a unique ability to make tour participants appreciate her adopted city.
While the tour will be a leisurely stroll thru the heart of downtown, enjoyable for the young or not so young, it will also offer the perfect activity to use up a few of the extra calories from the holiday meal. Emily will lead you past some of downtown's architectural treasures like the Snell Building and the Open Air Post Office and stately churches all while offering stories that will help you understand why St. Petersburg continues to be special!
Reservations are recommended!
St. Petersburg Preservation (SPP) and Keep St. Pete Lit are partnering to offer this fun tweak to SPP’s traditional walking tour, a historic tour with a literary twist! Tour stops will offer a bit of the history to St. Petersburg's stunning waterfront in conjunction with local writers providing inspiration as they offer short readings from their work.
This tour will celebrate the downtown waterfront, one of the things that sets the 'Burg apart from so many other cities. In 2010 the city's waterfront park celebrated its 100th anniversary! Not only will it be a fun tour for all but this waterfront stroll is the perfect activity to offer family or friends visiting you for the holidays!
Reservations recommended as tour can fill!
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.
You might want to come early and take a stroll through the Saturday Morning Market, it opens at 9 am, and grab a bakery treat & coffee.
This approximately one hour 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. After the tour, you may want to pick out a local spot downtown for lunch!
Reservations are recommended.
January is a great time to take a waterfront tour and to learn about its importance in the historic marketing efforts at promoting St. Petersburg as the embodiment of the Florida dream. This tour will be a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, including stories about the civic visionaries who transformed a working waterfront into one of the country's largest waterfront park systems. The waterfront is also 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 location for 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!
This tour will explore the northern portion of downtown, an area of historic buildings ranging in size from small homes to the seven story Flori de Leon apartments. These buildings, particularly those along 4th & 5th Avenues North, have given the neighborhood a special feel and sense of place. The area makes up a substantial portion of the Downtown National Register Historic District.
The present boom has brought significant change to the area, the demolition of a number of historic buildings and the development of a plethora of townhomes that are changing the neighborhood feel. Can the neighborhood remain special? Join us as we look at this changing piece of downtown, what is left of its historic integrity and offer some insight and perspective on what might be in store for its future.
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!"
Enjoy the 'Burg's beautiful winter weather by joining us on February's waterfront tour. Participants will learn about the waterfront's importance to the city's marketing efforts at promoting St. Petersburg as the embodiment of the Florida dream and hear stories about the civic visionaries who transformed a working waterfront into one of the country's largest waterfront park systems. The waterfront is also 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 location for 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!