Walk With Us!
Join the History Center for a guided tour of some of Tampa’s most historic sites and neighborhoods. Each 90-minute walk is led by a History Center-trained docent and limited to just 25 people to ensure an intimate and informative experience. Participants will walk a total of approximately one mile along public sidewalks and brick streets. Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes and attire for walking outside. Guests might also want to bring bottled water on the tour. Advance tickets required. Please note: each walking tour begins at locations listed below and NOT at the History Center.
Madame Fortune Taylor
A former slave, business owner and community leader who amassed more than 30 acres of land along the eastern bank of the Hillsborough River in the 1800s, Fortune Taylor was a true Tampa pioneer. This all-new walking tour will take you through the homestead of Madame Taylor, the namesake of downtown Tampa’s Fortune Street and the newly renamed Fortune Taylor Bridge.
Central Avenue Black History
Robert Saunders Public Library
1505 N Nebraska Avenue Tampa, FL 33602
Tour “the Harlem of the South,” Tampa’s Central Avenue district. Learn about life in Tampa’s African-American community from the 1890s through the late 1960s. This outdoor trek begins at the Robert Saunders Public Library and explores the social, political, musical and religious traditions of Black life in Tampa.
Lykes Gaslight Park
241 E Madison Street
Tampa, FL 3360
Join the History Center for a 90-minute walking tour of Tampa’s historic downtown. You’ll stroll past City Hall, Sacred Heart Church, the Floridan Palace Hotel and even Tampa’s oldest bar, The Hub, on this guided trek!
Cuban Club, Ybor City
2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba
Tampa, FL 33605
Tour Tampa’s only National Historic Landmark District and learn about the people, social life and work culture of early Ybor. Stroll past mutual aid societies, the Ybor Cigar Factory and other key landmarks during this 90-minute outdoor tour, and hear the stories behind one of Florida’s oldest immigrant communities.