A 3-hour walking tour of Tampa's historic district
A visit to Tampa is not complete without exploring Ybor City, a designated U. S. National Historic Landmark District. Founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturer Don Vincente de Ybor, the new community quickly attracted a flood of immigrant workers and additional cigar manufacturers. By the turn of the century Ybor City had become known as the "Cigar Capital of the World. "
This 3-hour tour takes visitors on a relaxing stroll through the neighborhood to enjoy the charming cobblestone streets, historic architecture, and vibrant café culture. We'll begin the tour at Centennial Park, the neighborhood's central gathering space, and proceed to walk in the steps of early immigrants to explore how they lived, loved, and passed on their legacy to enrich the lives of residents today. Stops of interest will include examples of worker housing, mutual aid societies, former cigar factories, and much more.
This is a leisurely walking tour with the option of adding a streetcar or bicycle ride. Stops of interest will include:
Ybor City State Museum (Admission Optional)
The Cuban Club
El Pasaje, Cherokee Club
Jose Marti Park
Depending on the time of day, we will stop for refreshments at a landmark cafe or pub to sample the unique local fare and engage in some serious people watching.
During the hot summer months adjustments may be needed to accommodate mid-day heat and heavy afternoon downpours.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Centennial Park, Northeast Corner, 1901 N 19th St. If you are coming from downtown, we can also meet at the Dick Greco Streetcar Station.
End location: Close to start location.
Duration: 3 hours
Customization of the itinerary, inclement weather, and seasonal heat may affect tour duration.
While this is primarily a walking tour, additional transportation options can be incorporated including bicycle and street car
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 USD - This cost would cover a light meal and beverage. Depending on the optional activities chosen this cost could increase to cover transportation, museum admission, and additional food and beverage stops.
During the summer months, tours may need to be rescheduled to avoid the mid-day heat.