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. Pre-registration is required. Choose from one of the upcoming tours below.
Madame Fortune Taylor Walking Tour
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.
New this fall, the Madame Fortune Taylor Walking Tour take you through original homestead of Madame Taylor, the namesake of Tampa’s Fortune Street and the recently re-named Fortune Taylor Bridge.
History Center walking tours take place outdoors. Guests will walk approximately six block on public rights of way. Pre-registration is required.
Tours meet at the John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL 33602.
Historic Ybor City Tour
Join the History Center for a guided tour of historic Ybor City. This 90-minute outdoor walking tour is led by a History Center-trained docent and focuses on the founding and development of Ybor City in the late 19th century early 20th century.
Tour the streets of Tampa’s only National Historic Landmark District and learn about the people, social life and work culture of early Ybor. You’ll see mutual aid societies, the Ybor Cigar Factory and other key landmarks, and hear the stories behind one Florida’s oldest and most unique communities.
Walking Tours meet in front of the Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica De Cuba, Ybor City, FL 33605.
Tours are rain or shine. 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.
Tours are limited to 25 people. Pre-registration is required. For details, call 813-228-0097.
Downtown Tampa Tour
New for 2019, join the History Center for a 90-minute walking tour of Tampa’s historic downtown. This guided tour highlights the iconic landmarks, colorful characters, groundbreaking events behind what was once the entire city of Tampa, the first economic hub on Florida’s west coast.
You’ll stroll past City Hall, Sacred Heart Church, the Floridan Palace Hotel and even Tampa’s oldest bar, The Hub!
Tours meet in the center of Lykes Gaslight Park (241 E Madison St). Participants will walk about a mile along public sidewalks & streets. You may wish to wear comfortable outdoor attire and bring bottled water.
Tours are limited to 25 people & pre-registration is required. Call us at 813.228.0097 with any questions.
Historic Central Avenue Black History Tour
Led by noted local historian Ersula K. Odom, you will 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 new Robert Saunders Public Library and explores the social, political, musical and religious traditions of Tampa’s Black life in Tampa.
History Center walking tours take place outdoors. Guests will walk approximately one mile and should dress appropriately for Florida’s summertime weather.
Tours meet at the Robert Saunders Public Library, 1505 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33602.
Tours are limited to 25 people. Pre-registration is required.