Walking Tours

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.

Tampa Bay History Center Madame Fortune Taylor  Walking Tour

Madame Fortune Taylor

10-11:30 a.m.

John F. Germany Library, 900 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa, Fla.

Formerly enslaved, Fortune Taylor was a business owner, community leader and a true Tampa pioneer, who amassed more than 30 acres of land along the eastern bank of the Hillsborough River in the 1800s. This 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.

 

Tampa Bay History Center Ybor City Walking Tour

Ybor City

10–11:30 a.m.

Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa, Fla.

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. Join the tour at the Cuban Club  to hear the stories behind one of Florida’s oldest immigrant communities.

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Tampa Bay History Center Downtown Tampa Walking Tour

Downtown Tampa

10–11:30 a.m.

Lykes Gaslight Park, 241 E Madison Street, Tampa, Fla.

Learn about Tampa’s compelling history as you stroll past City Hall, Sacred Heart Church, the Floridan Palace Hotel and even Tampa’s oldest bar, The Hub, on this guided trek!

Tampa Bay History Center, Central Avenue, Black History Walking Tour photo

Central Avenue East

10–11:30 a.m.

Tampa Park Plaza, 1405 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, Fla.

Tour “the Harlem of the South,” Tampa’s Central Avenue district. Learn about life in Tampa’s African-American community from the 1890s-1960s. This 90-min. outdoor trek with tour guide Ersula Odom begins at 10 a.m. at Urban Lux at Tampa Park Plaza (1405 N Nebraska Ave.) and includes stops at the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library, Jackson House and Perry Harvey, Sr. Park.