Downtown Tampa Historic Walking Tour

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Discover the captivating history of Downtown Tampa on this exciting 90-minute walking tour. Explore the historic site of Fort Brooke, where Presidents Andrew Jackson and Zachary Taylor fought the Seminoles. Marvel at the elegant "Plant Hall" and learn about the fierce competition between Henry B. Plant and Henry Flagler. Be astounded by the beauty of the Tampa Theatre, a national historic landmark. Stroll through Curtis Hixon Park, the largest park in Tampa, and enjoy the stunning views along the newly constructed Tampa Riverwalk. Immerse yourself in the unique charm of Tampa, learn about its fascinating past, and witness its remarkable landmarks. Don't miss this opportunity to experience one of the most historic and vibrant cities in America.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 1 hours 30 minutes - 2 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore the historic site of Fort Brooke
  • Marvel at the elegant Tampa Theatre
  • Enjoy the largest park in Tampa, Curtis Hixon Park
  • Stroll along the beautiful Tampa Riverwalk
  • Discover the stunning architecture of The University of Tampa
  • Gift shop
  • Bottled water

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Immerse yourself in the rich history and unique charm of Tampa with the Downtown Tampa Historic Walking Tour. This 90-minute stroll will take you back in time as you explore iconic landmarks and uncover fascinating stories of the city's past. From the historic site of Fort Brooke, where Presidents Andrew Jackson and Zachary Taylor once battled the Seminoles, to the elegant "Plant Hall" that rivaled Henry Flagler's opulence, this tour promises to transport you to a bygone era. Prepare to be captivated by the allure of The Tampa Theatre, a majestic architectural gem from the 1920s, and soak in the panoramic views of the Hillsborough River Channel along the Tampa Riverwalk. With a knowledgeable guide leading the way, this tour offers a perfect blend of entertainment and education, making it an ideal choice for history enthusiasts and curious explorers alike.

What to expect?

During this 90 to 120-minute experience, you can anticipate a delightful journey through Downtown Tampa's most significant sites. The tour showcases a carefully crafted itinerary that ensures you don't miss any of the highlights. Start at the University of Tampa, a magnificent building reminiscent of a grand castle, and marvel at its waterfront location. Then, step into the Tampa Theatre, a national historic treasure renowned for its timeless elegance. Curtis Hixon Park, the largest park in Tampa, provides a tranquil retreat with its serene atmosphere and often hosts vibrant concerts and events. Complete your adventure by strolling along the Tampa Riverwalk, a picturesque riverside promenade adorned with historic dedications and offering breathtaking views. With each step, you'll gain a deeper understanding of Tampa's cultural heritage and discover the city's hidden gems.

Who is this for?

The Downtown Tampa Historic Walking Tour caters to a wide range of individuals seeking to delve into the rich history and architectural wonders of Tampa. History buffs will revel in the opportunity to uncover the stories behind Fort Brooke and the Seminole battles, while art and architecture enthusiasts will be enthralled by the grandeur of the University of Tampa and the meticulously preserved Tampa Theatre. For those simply curious about local culture and looking to explore a city through its past, this tour offers a delightful and insightful experience. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor, this tour is designed to captivate and educate audiences of all backgrounds, inviting everyone to appreciate the unique character of Tampa.

Why book this?

Imagine discovering a city beyond its modern facade, where stories of historical triumph and elegance come to life. The Downtown Tampa Historic Walking Tour offers a gateway into the captivating past of this remarkable city. Led by a knowledgeable guide, you'll be transported through time as you explore iconic landmarks and hidden gems. Uncover tales of presidents and battles at Fort Brooke, witness the architectural splendor of the University of Tampa, and be awestruck by the timeless beauty of the Tampa Theatre. Discover the vibrant Curtis Hixon Park and embrace the tranquil tranquility it offers amidst the bustling city. Then, as you wander along the Tampa Riverwalk, enjoy panoramic river views and immerse yourself in the charm of historic dedications. This tour will leave you with a deep appreciation for Tampa's unique heritage and a desire to explore more of its captivating stories.

Good to know

Before embarking on this delightful walking tour, keep in mind that the total duration may range from 90 to 120 minutes. The meeting point is Ft. Brooke Garage, conveniently located near the Tampa Street Car stop #11 in front of The YMCA Downtown. To reach the starting point hassle-free, you can hop on the free Tampa Street Car, which adds a touch of charm to your journey. It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes and dress according to the weather, as you'll be exploring both indoor and outdoor locations. The tour's itinerary has been carefully curated to ensure you don't miss any of the must-see sites, so rest assured that you'll get a comprehensive experience of Downtown Tampa's historic wonders.


Feedback from individuals who have embarked on the Downtown Tampa Historic Walking Tour has been overwhelmingly positive. Many praised the knowledgeable guides who effortlessly shared captivating stories and historical insights, allowing them to gain a deeper appreciation for Tampa's historical significance. Visitors were particularly impressed by the grandeur of the University of Tampa and the Tampa Theatre, with some describing them as hidden treasures. The seamless organization of the tour and the scenic views along the Tampa Riverwalk also received glowing reviews. Overall, previous participants commended the tour for its blend of entertainment and education, making it an unforgettable experience for all who embark on this captivating journey.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

The University of Tampa Campus

The University of Tampa is the most beautiful building in Tampa, FL Like a castle, it covers an area as big as a pro football field and is located perfectly on the water.

Tampa Theatre

The Tampa Theatre was built in 1926 and is on a national historic registry. You’ll be shocked by the elegance.

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Curtis Hixon Park is the largest park in Tampa, FL. The city hosts concerts, attractions, and many famous events in this location.

Tampa Riverwalk

The Tampa Riverwalk is the newly constructed sidewalk along the Hillsborough River Channel. Historic dedications and beautiful views await.



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Dustin was a great guide: very informative, with good stories to illustrate where we were and the history behind the places. He was professional yet friendly and approachable. We had a great time!


Great tour! Learned new information and walked the beautiful streets of Tampa. I appreciate Dustin’s sense of humor. Had a great time.


Who knew Tampa had such an diverse and interesting history! This walking tour was a great way to explore and learn about all the incredible architecture all around the downtown area. Dustin was prompt and knowledgeable guide and did a great presentation . Thank you Dustin!


Interesting history with some great old buildings. The guide ( Dustin) was outstanding. Great way to get some context on the city


Dustin was knowledgeable about Tampa, especially the building history. I’d love to have more information about the entire history of the city and its vibrancy now - biggest industry, etc. Weather was lovely - he gave a great restaurant recommendation for dio - Modern Mediterranean!


Dustin did a great job of explaining many unique aspects of Tampa. He brought a super attitude and took time to point out interesting things.


Dustin was very polite, entertaining, knowledgeable and friendly! Who knew Tampa was such a gangster city. Thanks buddy...


Nothing really stood out. The tour guide spent a lot of time taling about her husband who had just written a play. We did not see much of downtown Tampa. The tour guide also made several mistakes.


Really enjoyed the tour with Elizabeth. Her knowledge about Tampa and the environment is amazing and we learned a lot about the city. Highly recommend to visit the tour with her.


Elizabeth was very knowledgeable, friendly and down to earth. I learned a lot about Tampa that I hadn't known before.
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