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After the big Thanksgiving meal what better way to use up a few of the extra calories than by taking a St. Petersburg Preservation bicycle tour! The tour, with bikes available from Coast Bike Share, is also a great way to get visiting family or friends out of the house and for them to see and feel what makes St. Petersburg special! The tour will be a leisurely ride with numerous stops, starting/ending at the Independent Bar, a locally owned downtown business.
St. Pete is more than just waterfront parks and chc Beach Drive. Join in this ride to learn the hidden histories of places you pass by every day and see three of the districts that have long been the work-horses of the city – the Warehouse Arts District – formerly the industrial heart of this non-industrial city, the Edge District – the trendy site of boutiques and breweries that was the former home of car dealerships and furniture stores catering to the year-round residents of this tourist city, and “The Deuces” - the historic heart of the city's African-American community.
SPP has partnered with Coast Bike Share to offer this tour and to make it easy to participate! The tour price includes use of a Coast bicycle, and for those who use one, the tour package also includes a one month Coast membership 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 SPP member or you are ready to renew your SPP membership, consider our membership special pricing category which includes the tour & SPP membership.
THIS TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO HOLIDAY PARADE!
This tour is a great way for visitors to get an introduction to St. Pete and for residents to learn a few things new about the 'Burg's past. Learn about and see what makes downtown St. Pete 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, you might find a gift for the upcoming holidays or you can certainly grab a bakery treat & coffee. The Market opens at 9 am.
It's December and that means its time for the SPP holiday party! We are excited to show off historic Woodlawn - another of the 'Burg's wonderful traditional neighborhoods, albeit one that doesn't receive a lot of notice! The neighborhood is marked by distinctive entry pillars, neighborhood park spaces, curving roads and it contains of mix of home styles with many of the homes dating to the 1920's. Woodlawn is a great neighborhood to visit during the holidays because they are a neighborhood that takes pride in getting decked out with lights and decorations!
Our party will take place indoors and out! In addition to some tasty holiday treats, hot apple cider and a cash donation bar there will be plenty of good cheer, live music and a holiday lights neighborhood stroll. As a special treat, several of the Woodlawn homes will be open. We look forward to seeing you at our final special event of the year!
Keep St. Pete Lit is collecting new and gentle used kids and young adult books for The Christmas Toy Shop, which distributes donations to south St. Pete. Please consider bringing your donation to the party!
This approximately one hour tour 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.
Join SPP for a leisurely stroll along the waterfront where you will learn about the civic visionaries who transformed a working waterfront into one of the country's largest waterfront park systems. The waterfront is 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 waterfront includes 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!
Reservations are recommended as tour space is limited.
The time around the holidays is a fun time to look around funky & artsy Gulfport and there is no better way to do so then on this SPP walking tour! The tour not only gives you a look at this small town on Boca Ceiga Bay and its collection of historic commercial and residential structures but you get to hear some of Cathy Salustri's stories. Cathy, a Gulfport local, author and the arts & entertainment editor for Creative Loafing will be your guide to Gulfport. 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.
This is one of our favorite tours - the neighborhood holiday lights bicycle tour! And this year the tour will start/end at a historic home that truly is special - the 1923 airplane styled bungalow "Sargent" home (pictured).
During the bicycle tour, starting in the Historic Old Northeast, we will visit several of 'Burg's historic neighborhoods, making stops to look at the holiday lights/decorations as well as to hear a bit about neighborhood history. At the end of the ride, we will have some refreshments on the verandah of the Sargent home (interior home tour is not included).
If you are not already a SPP member or you are ready to renew your SPP membership, consider the membership special pricing category which includes the tour & a SPP membership (and if you use a Coast bike a one month Coast Bike Share memberhship).
Historic Kenwood is one of the country’s premier bungalow neighborhoods and this tour is led by resident guides excited to show off their neighborhood. It is also a National Register designated historic district. The tour will include a stop inside one of the neighborhood’s restored bungalows. After the tour, you may want to enjoy a drink or lunch at the Craftsman House, an American crafts gallery & cafe that was the original model home for Kenwood or one of the other neighborhood local businesses.
Wondering where you will take visiting family & friends after Santa's visit and a big holiday meal - bring them on SPP's holiday Downtown walking tour! Yes, we have a special tour happening on December 26, led by Emily Elwyn, SPP's president and an architectural historian who has a unique ability to make tour participants appreciate her adopted city.
While the tour will be a leisurely stroll thru the heart of downtown, enjoyable for the young or not so young, it will also offer the perfect activity to use up a few of the extra calories from the holiday meal. Emily will lead you past some of downtown's architectural treasures like the Snell Building and the Open Air Post Office and stately churches all while offering stories that will help you understand why St. Petersburg continues to be special!
St. Petersburg Preservation (SPP) and Keep St. Pete Lit are partnering to offer this fun tweak to SPP’s traditional walking tour, a historic tour with a literary twist! Tour stops will offer a bit of the history to St. Petersburg's stunning waterfront in conjunction with local writers providing inspiration as they offer short readings from their work.
This tour will celebrate the downtown waterfront, one of the things that sets the 'Burg apart from so many other cities. In 2010 the city's waterfront park celebrated its 100th anniversary! Not only will it be a fun tour for all but this waterfront stroll is the perfect activity to offer family or friends visiting you for the holidays!
Reservations recommended as tour can fill!