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 special neighborhoods & buildings. Riders will get a chance to experience & learn about several of the city's historic districts, including the Northshore and Historic Uptown National Register historic districts, and local landmark districts within the Historic Old Northeast as well as Granada Terrace, a small "high style" neighborhood developed by Perry Snell.
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 required.
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.
This tour, just over an hour, makes 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 1916 Open Air Post Office. The tour, led by SPP 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!
Reservations are recommended.
Looking for something different & fun to do on a Saturday afternoon - then Join SPP 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.
Come a bit early and take a peak inside at the Gulfport Historical Museum where the tour starts or stay a bit after the tour and tryout some of Gulfport's fun "watering holes!"
Reservations recommended as tour size is limited.
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 with a focus on some of the preservation success stories where businesses today are reusing historic buildings and continue south along the waterfront into the Old Southeast and Driftwood neighborhoods.
SPP 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 required.
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.
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 pending. The leisurely neighborhood stroll will include a stop inside one of the neighborhood's historic homes.
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.
Reservations are recommended as tour space is limited.
St. Petersburg's waterfront provides the perfect spot for a springtime stroll! 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!
Reservations are recommended!