This special Halloween time tour, sponsored by the Gulfport Historical Society will no doubt be fun (& spooky)!
Sure, everyone's heard of the ghost at the historic Peninsula Inn, but what about other hauntings in Gulfport? Join one of the spirits as they lead you on a ghostly tour through Gulfport's history. Tours are led by Deborah Frethem, who wrote the book — literally — on haunted Gulfport, or by Becca McCoy, who's learned her stuff from Deborah. Your ticket price benefits the Gulfport Historical Society, the nonprofit that runs the Gulfport History Museum, offers porch parties and can help research your home's history. Co-sponsored by Preserve the 'Burg, 'cause PTB's cool like that.
The tour is free for Preserve the 'Burg & Gulfport Historical Society members (you may become a PTB member and register for the tour at the same time) and $10 for non-members and guests. Reservations are required. Children & dogs are free!
Please note: The tour will meet on the steps of Scout Hall, immediately next door to the Gulfport History Museum - 5315 28th Avenue South Gulfport, Florida 33707.
Driftwood is one of the city's hidden historic neighborhoods, tucked in the trees of an oak hammock overlooking Big Bayou. The neighborhood is composed of one- and two-story homes uniquely designed to capitalize on the neighborhood's natural features. An application for local historic district designation is scheduled to be heard by City Council in November. The leisurely neighborhood stroll will include a stop inside one of the neighborhood's historic homes and a look at the garden at another home.
In creating and designing the Driftwood neighborhood, accomplished artist Mark Dixon Dodd and architect Archie Parish followed the principles of naturalistic neighborhood design championed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The 1930's Driftwood subdivision plat followed the contour of Big Bayou's shoreline, had narrow roads winding among large oak trees and deep lots to allow much of the vegetation to be undisturbed. Driftwood has maintained its lush flora-laden landscape where homes still largely blend with nature just as they were intended to do.
PTB members are free. Guests and non-members are $10/person. Tour reservations are recommended since this tour has limited availability.
Looking for something different & fun to do on a Saturday afternoon - then join PTB and our partner the Gulfport Historical Society for a stroll in the suburbs of funky and artsy Gulfport! The tour will look at this small town on Boca Ceiga Bay and its collection of historic commercial and residential structures.
Over the decades, dreams were typically much bigger than reality for the small town of Gulfport, starting when it was known as Disston city, named for Hamilton Disston. Disston became the country's largest landowner after bailing out Florida by purchasing four million acres from the state for one million dollars in 1881. Gulfport was also the home of Alvah Roebuck who partnered with Richard Sears to create the famous store named after them. A Sears kit home will be seen on the tour as well as other Roebuck homes.
You may want to stay a bit after the tour and tryout some of Gulfport's fun watering holes!
PTB members are free. Guests and non-members are $10/person. Tour reservations are recommended.
Please note: This tour starts at Scout Hall (next door to Gulfport Historic Museum) at 5315 28th Avenue South Gulfport, Florida 33707
TOUR IS FULL - THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST. YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON HISTORIC GULFPORT TOUR AS AN ALTERNATIVE SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 20 & NOVEMBER 17.
The bicycle offers a great way to see more of the 'Burg than one typically can take in with a walking tour. We are confident you will enjoy this bicycle tour that will be a fun, leisurely ride with numerous stops taking a closer look at some of the 'Burg's unique historic buildings and neighborhoods. The tour will start downtown and continue south along the waterfront into the Old Southeast and Driftwood neighborhoods. The Driftwood neighborhood is in the final steps of seeking to become a locally designated historic district - you can click here to find out more. This bicycle tour will highlight Driftwood, including a stop inside a Driftwood home that is already designated individually as a local landmark.
PTB has partnered with Coast Bike Share to offer this tour. The tour price includes use of a Coast bicycle and a one month Coast membership for those using a Coast bicycle, entitling you to daily use of one of their bicycles during the membership month! Or you can bring your own bicycle. Helmets recommended.
If you are not already a member or you are ready to renew your membership, you might want to consider our membership special pricing category which includes the tour & a membership.
THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT! WE LOOK FORWARD TO HOSTING ANOTHER MEMBER EXCLUSIVE TOUR FOR YOU IN THE FUTURE! THANK YOU.
Join PTB as we take to the water for a tour that will examine St. Petersburg’s architecture and history from a new vantage point - looking landward from Tampa Bay! The tour will start from the downtown marina, going south into Bayboro Harbor before looping back north towards Snell Isle. Onboard will be both a PTB tour guide as well as a wildlife expert offering you an opportunity to learn a bit about both the role the Bay and Gulf have played in the city's development as well as about our marine ecosystem.
The tour will be aboard the Dolphin Cruise boat with Captain Fred at the helm. We haven't been on a tour with him yet when we haven't had dolphin come along side the boat so when you join us be sure to be ready with your camera!
Space is limited to only 50 people!
This tour is open to active PTB members. Parties will be limited to 2 people per registration. When registering for this event, please use the email address that is associated with your member account. If you have forgotten your password please CONTACT us ASAP! Refunds will be offered if cancellation is made 24 hours prior to event. Thank you!
We apologize to all who are unable to register. Space is always limited during boat tours and tours of St. Petersburg's historic buildings and spaces. We will continue to do our best to accommodate our members to as many events as possible. Preserve the 'Burg plans to host member exclusive tours more frequently.
The best small event on the waterfront! Each movie evening starts with live music at 6 pm followed by the movie on the big screen at dusk. The fun takes place in N. Straub Park, between 4th Ave. & 5th Ave. NE at Beach Dr. Movies in the Park are Free!
Come early to enjoy live music before the movie, bring a picnic or purchase food from one of the 'Burg's best food vendors who will be set up on-site. A limited number of folding chairs will be available, but better yet, bring a blanket or low seat!
Bicycling to movies is a fun way to arrive and now you can do so using a Coast Bike Share bicycle (a bike station is located across the street from Movies in the Park). For those on their own bike, free bicycle valet parking will be provided by Coast Bike Share.
Hocus Pocus (1993) PG - Get ready for Halloween, bring the kids, bring your friends or bring a date and don't forget to try out your Halloween costume! Prizes will be awarded for the best costume!
Hocus Pocus, with Bette Milder, is always fun telling the story going back 300 years since the Sanderson sisters were executed for practicing dark witchcraft. They return to life, thanks to a combination of a spell spoken before their demise and the accidental actions of Max, the new-kid-in-town but the sisters have but one night to secure their continuing existence...will they be able to!
Evening's music by: King Complex
This tour, in the heart of downtown, is typically just over an hour walk and offers a great introduction for visitors or residents to the history of the city! Tour goers will get a chance to see some of the best of what makes downtown special, including architectural favorites like the 1926 Snell Arcade and the 1916 Open Air Post Office. The tour, led by Preserve the 'Burg President & architectural historian Emily Elwyn, is sure to leave with you with a new perspective on the history and growth of the ‘Burg. After the tour, you may want to pick out a local spot downtown for lunch!
PTB members are free. Guests and non-members are $10/person. Tour reservations are recommended.
PTB members are free. Guests and non-members are $10/person. Tour reservations are recommended
Why not try this special ghost tour on Halloween! The tour is sponsored by the Gulfport Historical Society will no doubt be fun (& spooky)!
This tour is a great way for visitors to get an introduction to St. Petersburg and for residents to learn a few things new about the 'Burg's past. Learn about and see what makes downtown special as you take a stroll though a portion of the city's central business district and the Downtown National Register Historic District. Participants will see grand historic hotels, stately churches, and architectural treasures like the Snell Arcade and the Open Air Post Office.
You might want to come early and take a stroll through the Saturday Morning Market, it opens at 9 am, and grab a bakery treat & coffee.
Join your neighbors and celebrate our city at the 2nd Annual Keep St. Pete Special Celebration! Enjoy a fun, free evening with local music, live art, food and local brews - a night you won't want to miss!
Reservations are not required but it always helps to know if you are coming!
St. Petersburg's waterfront helps to make the city special! Tour participants will learn about the waterfront's importance to the city's efforts to promote itself as the embodiment of the Florida dream and hear stories about the civic visionaries who transformed a working waterfront into one of the country's largest waterfront park systems. The waterfront is also where baseball’s spring training got its start, was the 1914 home to the world’s first airline, the St. Petersburg - Tampa Airboat Co. and the location for the 'Burg's historic fountain of youth - those on the tour will be able to try the fountain and, no doubt, will feel younger by tour's end!
Preserve the 'Burg is excited to offer this special tour in partnership with the African American Heritage Association along the "Deuces" (22nd St. S.), the vibrant main street of St. Pete’s African American community during the segregation era. Today, 22nd St. remains a part of what makes St. Pete special and it is the locale of the city's African-American heritage trail. The tour will be led by Gwendolyn Reese, a member of the City's Historic Preservation Commission, who will offer some of her reflections and experiences in growing up in the neighborhood. She offers tour participants a heart felt and fascinating look at a part of the 'Burg that has often been overlooked but has a fascinating history.
Over the decades, dreams were typically much bigger than reality for the small town of Gulfport, starting when it was known as Disston City, named for Hamilton Disston. Disston became the country's largest landowner after bailing out Florida by purchasing four million acres from the state for one million dollars in 1881. Gulfport was also the home of Alvah Roebuck who partnered with Richard Sears to create the famous store named after them. A Sears kit home will be seen on the tour as well as other Roebuck homes.
This Thanksgiving weekend bicycle tour is a fun local event to offer to holiday visiting family or friends. The tour will offer a chance to learn a bit about the 'Burg while experiencing some of its special neighborhoods and buildings. We are confident you will enjoy this leisurely ride with numerous stops taking a closer look at some of the downtown historic buildings that have been put back to use for local businesses as well as experiencing several of the city's historic districts, including some newly designated local landmark districts within the Historic Old Northeast.
This morning tour allows you plenty of time to still enjoy other St. Pete activities or to just relax during the afternoon. We suggest you bring along a water bottle and a few dollars so you can purchase a handmade ice pop at Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops where we will make a stop during the ride.
Preserve the 'Burg has partnered with Coast Bike Share to offer this tour. The tour price includes use of a Coast bicycle and a one month Coast membership for those using a Coast bicycle, entitling you to daily use of one of their bicycles during the membership month! Or you can bring your own bicycle. Helmets recommended.
The Sun Shines Here: Shining a Light on Women and Minorities in the Future of Architecture is a forward-thinking final program to the "Unseen St. Pete" program series. The program will offer appealing visions of a more equitable future, led by nationally recognized architect Rosa Sheng of San Francisco. Sheng is the designer of the iconic glass stores of Apple and the founder of Equity by Design. In addition to Sheng, local architect Lisa Wannamacher, principal at St. Petersburg's Wannamacher Jensen Architects will join in the discussion, offering insight into the question of can there be equity in architecture in Tampa Bay.
Out of the Shadows: The Faces and Places We Never See is the topic for the next program in the series, “Unseen St. Pete: Hidden Faces & Unknown Places." From Elder Jordan’s early housing courts built in historically African-American mid-town to the popular and trendy Birchwood on Beach Drive, built in the 1920’s by a female developer, the program will explore the challenges that have been faced by female and minority developers and how those issues still resonate today.
The program's panel is an interesting and talented group. USF professor and historian Peyton Jones will speak to the racial undertones of the city’s development history while historian Kimberly Hinder will highlight some of the forgotten local women and African American developers. Jones and Hinder will be joined by Gwendolyn Reese who grew up in racially divided St. Petersburg. Reese has worked tirelessly to bring the city's African American history to light and presently serves on the city's preservation commission.
A light reception with cash bar will be held at 6pm. The program will start at 6:30pm.
This is a free event. Registration is recommended as space can fill. If you are not a member, please consider showing your support of Preserve the 'Burg and this program series by joining!
A special thank you to our title sponsor AARP Tampa Bay. Program support made possible by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council. Thank you also to in-kind sponsors The Tampa Bay 100 and freeFall Theatre Company.