Historic St. Petersburg Self-Guided Tour

This 48 page self-guided tour of St. Petersburg's downtown and waterfront will provide hours of entertainment and education about the places that make St. Petersburg special.  Underwritten by Southern Roots Realty, Florida Humanities, and the Downtown Partnership, this guide will eventually be distributed at no cost through the Chamber of Commerce and local hotels and tourism outfits.  But for now, in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Preserve the 'Burg will mail a copy to any interested person. We ask for a contribution of $10 to cover the costs of shipping and handling.

For all you trivia buffs out there... 

As we all try to cope with being confined to our homes, Preserve the 'Burg has delved into the world of trivia to add a small bit of fun to your lives! Join us for a regular trivia game and see how well you know the 'Burg! We will send the newest trivia game out via email, so make sure to get added to our E-news list!  

You can access the latest quiz here!

Walk St. Petersburg

Walk St. Petersburg is a 12 stop downtown, self-guided audio tour and a part of the Florida Humanities Council's "Florida Stories" audio tour series. Florida Stories is your personal walking tour guide to a variety of Florida towns, big & small. The growing list of tours contain an audio narration and synchronized photos, giving one a unique “behind the scene” view of the town one has selected to tour. All tours are easily accessible on the free Florida Humanities Council "Florida Stories" app (see icons below for app download).

Walk St. Petersburg will allow visitors and residents to experience the feel of what today keeps St. Petersburg special while telling the story of how the city successfully sold itself over the decades as the embodiment of the Florida dream. With its stories, historic photographs and guide to some of the city’s best architecture, Walk St. Petersburg will be of interest to the old or young and to the visitor or resident. The tour takes one from the beautiful waterfront to the heart of downtown along Central Avenue to the 600 Block, to Mirror Lake and to City Hall before ending in Williams Park.

Visit the Florida Stories page to download the app by clicking here.

List of Tour Stops:

Stop 1 – St. Petersburg, home to the Florida dream and the world’s first scheduled airline!
Stop 2 – Boom & Bust – The demolished Soreno Hotel – The flourishing Vinoy Hotel
Stop 3 – A railroad, a hotel and three dreamers & schemers lead to St. Petersburg’s founding
Stop 4 – The Women’s Town Improvement Ass’n – Women make their mark in the city’s early days
Stop 5 – Perry Snell & Roy Hanna -Two dreamers bring two architectural gems to the city
Stop 6 – Central Avenue – St. Petersburg’s Main Street – A story about green benches
Stop 7 – The 600 Block, Murals & the Crislip Arcade make St. Petersburg special!
Stop 8 – The Shuffleboard Club & the Coliseum – 1920’s entertainment still popular today
Stop 9 – Carnegie libraries open to all but in segregated communities like St. Petersburg
Stop 10 – City Hall & a controversial mural – The County Judicial Building & a jury experience
Stop 11 – Schools, Churches and an eccentric philanthropist in early St. Petersburg
Stop 12 – Williams Park – St. Petersburg’s town square sports a mid-century modern bandshell

Walk St. Petersburg in partnership with the St. Petersburg Museum of History is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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