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 are required. Please note: each walking tour begins at 10 a.m. at the locations listed below and not at the History Center.
Central Avenue East Walking Tour
Tour “the Harlem of the South,” Tampa’s Central Avenue district. Learn about life in Tampa’s African-American community from the 1890s to the 1960s with stops including the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library, Jackson House, and Perry Harvey, Sr. Park.
Central Avenue West Walking Tour
Fred Hearns, the curator of Black history, leads this special tour with stops at the St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church Historic Building, the historical marker for Historic Harlem Academy School/School #2, the graves of enslaved Africans in Oaklawn Cemetery, the former site of Beulah Baptist Church, the International Longshoremen’s Association Local #1402 Building (former Tampa Branch of the NAACP Office), Kid Mason Community Center, and 813 Short Emery Street where Ray Charles made his first recording. Advance tickets are required. This tour is inspired by Rowena Ferrell Brady’s book “Things Remembered: An Album of African Americans in Tampa.”
Downtown Tampa Walking Tour
Learn about Tampa’s compelling history on this guided trek as you stroll past City Hall, Sacred Heart Church, the Floridan Palace Hotel, and even Tampa’s oldest bar, The Hub!
Ybor City Walking Tour
Tour Tampa’s only National Historic Landmark District and learn about early Ybor City people, social life, and work culture. Stroll past mutual aid societies, the Ybor Cigar Factory, and other key landmarks.