St. Petersburg Preservation‘s (SPP) summer Twilight on the Town historic walking tours continue. The tours offer a great option for what to do on a summer mid-week evening with a relaxing stroll that allows participants to learn a bit of history and architecture, all followed by a chance at the end of the tour to cool down and continue the conversation while enjoying one of the area’s local fun spots. Tours are free for SPP members and just $5 for nonmembers. Starting locations and times vary and are listed below.
Reservations welcome, but not required.
The summer walking tours last about an hour and end at a local business where tour goers are welcome to get something to eat or drink.
When: Wednesday, July 27 at 7 pm
Where: Downtown – Tour starts on the verandah of the historic Stewart Bldg., 233 3rd St. N. Tour ends at the Ale & the Witch (111 2nd Ave. NE).
The tour will take participants through the central downtown business district that still includes a wonderful collection of architecturally significant historic buildings, ranging from beautiful historic churches to ornate historic office buildings like the Snell Arcade to impressive historic civic buildings like the Open Air Post Office. Besides seeing the best of downtown’s historic buildings that serve to make St. Petersburg special, tour participants will learn about the history of the city.
When: Wednesday, August 24 at 7 pm
Where: Downtown Waterfront – Tour starts in front of the large banyan tree on Beach Drive, next to the Museum of Fine Arts (255 Beach Dr., NE.). St. Petersburg’s waterfront parks are among the city’s most valuable historic resources, having been dedicated in 1910. The tour will be an enjoyable stroll along the waterfront and 4th Ave. NE, a street still retaining an impressive collection of historic homes and tourist accommodations dating from the turn of the century and into the 1920’s. The tour, led by architectural historian Emily Elwyn, will touch on architecture, what the city was like in the 1920’s boom and the threats that new development brings to the special feel of the northside of downtown, an area within the Downtown National Register Historic District.