St. Petersburg, FL. September 23, 2012: October marks the beginning of St. Petersburg
Preservation’s 2012-2013 walking tour season. Tours are offered every Saturday through April.
All tours except the Historic Kenwood tour start in front of Central Café & Organics at 243
Central Avenue, next to the historic Detroit Hotel. The Historic Kenwood tour starts at the
Craftsman House, 2955 Central Avenue. Tours are free, but a $5 donation is appreciated if one is
not a member. All tours start at 10 a.m.
Experienced volunteer guides take guests on one of four detailed tours of downtown St.
Petersburg and beyond. Participants see the jewels of St. Pete’s past while learning about the
founding of the city, its historic architecture, and some of our newest architectural gems.
On the first Saturday of each month the “Original” Downtown Historic Walking Tour is offered.
Guests will travel through historic downtown St. Pete between Central Avenue and 4th Avenue
North seeing grand hotels, stately churches, and architectural treasures like the Snell Arcade, the
Open Air Post Office, and the Veillard residence. Tours include a brief stop with a special look
inside one of downtown’s historic buildings.
On the second Saturday of the month the Waterfront Tour is offered. Guests will learn about the
civic visionaries who transformed our working waterfront into one of the largest waterfront park
systems in the country, learn the story behind the downtown “comfort station,” and experience
the history of the million dollar pier. This tour is spectacular because tour goers are able to see the
best of the past and also learn about some of the newest buildings along our waterfont.
On the third Saturday of the month the “North by Old Northeast Tour” is offered. This tour
offers a chance for guests to stroll from the historic downtown, along a part of the waterfront and
finally into the shaded streets of the historic Old Northeast neighborhood. The tour includes a
special stop inside a fully restored home. The tour typically ends at the jewel of the waterfront,
the Vinoy Hotel.
On the fourth Saturday of the month the Historic Kenwood Tour is offered. The tour starts
at the Craftsman House, presently a gallery & café, which was the original model home for
the Kenwood neighborhood. The tour offers a chance to take in Historic Kenwood, one of
the country’s premier bungalow neighborhoods. The tour includes a stop inside one of the
neighborhood’s restored bungalows. After the tour, guests can choose to enjoy a drink or lunch
on the wonderful front deck at the Craftsman House.
Months with a 5th Saturday will have a “special tour.” Please see the website
www.stpetepreservation.org for details.
Group and children’s tours are also available by contacting St. Petersburg Preservation at: