St. Petersburg Preservation’s Twilight on the Town Summer Walking Tour
May marks the start of St. Petersburg Preservation‘s (SPP) summer evening walking tours with its “Twilight on the Town” historic tours. 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: www.stpetepreservation.org
The summer walking tours last about and end at a local business where tour goers are welcome to get something to eat or drink.
Dates and Twilight on the Town information:
When: Wednesday, May 25 at 7 pm
Where: Downtown North – Tour starts in front of the pergola in N. Straub Park under the Bougainvillea (350 Bayshore Dr. NE). Tour ends at the Ale & the Witch (111 2nd Ave. NE). The tour will include a stroll along a portion of the waterfront and the northern section of downtown, an area that retains some of the oldest buildings remaining in downtown. Tour participants will have a chance to see some of what downtown looked like in the 1920’s boom while hearing some of the stories about sunshine, bathing beauties and sports that were used so successfully in marketing St. Petersburg over the decades as a tourist attraction.
When: Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 pm
Where: Historic Kenwood – Tour starts & ends at Cappy’s Pizza, 2900 1st Ave. N. Historic Kenwood, known for its collection of bungalow homes, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The tour showcases how a historic, neglected and tattered neighborhood can come back with a group of dedicated homeowners to become one of the most sought after neighborhoods to live within St. Petersburg. The tour will be led by neighborhood residents excited about their neighborhood and will offer a fun introduction to Historic Kenwood. Cappy’s Pizza, the tour’s starting and ending point, is an excellent example of a local business reusing and repurposing a historic building.
When: Wednesday, June 29 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.