Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

St. Pete Preservation’s Walking Tours return

in The Bay and the 'Burg by
It’s October so it must be fall which means the 2009-2010 walking tour season is ready to get under way! Come join St. Petersburg Preservation this Saturday, October 17 for our “Original” Downtown St. Petersburg Historic Walking Tour. Afterwards, think about lunch at the Saturday Morning Market, located in the parking lot area adjacent to Al Lang Field. Market hours are 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. Then, you might want to take a quick nap before grabbing your bicycle to join the first Bicycle Art Tour, a tour of St. Pete art galleries, starting at 4:30 P.M. from a wonderfully restored historic home that today serves as the Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave., RSVP’s encouraged at 323-ARTS. More information after the jump.The “Original” Downtown Walking Tour starts at 10 a.m. at the front of the Detroit Hotel (condos) on the NW corner of Central Avenue and 2nd Street. Come a few minutes early to browse at our table or to purchase one of the St. Petersburg Preservation t-shirts. The tour is free for members and a $5 donation is requested if you are not a member. The tour ends about 12:15. Reservations are not necessary.

The tour begins with an overview of the early days of St. Petersburg, followed by a pleasant stroll around downtown where you will learn about and see some of the best of our Mediterranean Revival styled buildings, learn about the 1920s boom and get the story on how the infamous green benches became a downtown icon only to be removed in a quest for a younger community image. The tour includes a stop inside the historic Endicott home (not normally open to the public), the Snell Arcade and the Historic Pennsylvania Hotel. The tour ends at Williams Park.

St Petersburg Preservation will be offering additional tours this month on Saturday, October 17 and Saturday, October 24. All tours leave from the front of the Detroit Hotel at 10 A.M. October 17 will feature, North by Old Northeast, a tour taking in part of our waterfront and a section of the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood. October 24 will feature Westward Ho From the Waterfront, a tour also taking in a part of the waterfront and a part of the Historic Kenwood neighborhood. More information on tours is available on our website, .

If you belong to a group or club that you think might enjoy one of our tours, we are now offering special group tours. Contact us at the email or phone # listed below to let us know when you would like to schedule a group tour.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

Latest from The Bay and the 'Burg

Go to Top