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Walk St. Pete! Walking Tour App Launch Party
October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
On October 24, St. Petersburg Preservation will launch its newest walking tour offering, “Walk St. Petersburg.” It is a 12 stop downtown, self-guided audio tour and a part of the “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. The app can be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple App Store. Tour images available upon request.
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. A complete list of stops is listed at the bottom of this release.
The launch event for Walk St. Petersburg will take place at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, a partner with St. Petersburg Preservation in developing the tour. At the free launch party, short comments about the tour, refreshments will be offered and people will be encouraged to try out a couple of the tour stops, the first of which is at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.
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
For more information, visit http://stpetepreservation.org/event-2675693.