August 24, 2019

Three Fun Walking Tours in the Tampa Bay Area

As spread out as things are here in the Tampa – St. Pete – Clearwater area, we do have a few foot-friendly areas suitable for exploring at your own pace. Here are three of Trek Hound’s favorites.

Tarpon Springs

Full of Mediterranean atmosphere with access to great Greek grub, Tarpon Springs is a great place to park in the morning and enjoy a walking tour before indulging in a waterfront seafood lunch, touring the sponge museum and perhaps heading out for an afternoon boat ride or fishing trip. Be sure to bring your camera. There are boatloads of photo ops here.

Heritage Village

Located in Largo, Heritage Village is a great place to stroll with Fido, enjoy some holiday lights in December and even schedule a field trip with your child’s classroom. Many of the important historical structures from the Tampa Bay area have been transferred here and organized into a village experience with walking trails, volunteers dressed in period costumes and interior decorations that fit the period of each structure.

Ybor City

The former cigar capital of the world and home to the original Cubano sandwich, Ybor City is a great place to stroll, take in a show at the Improv and tour the various historical buildings from the cigar era. As Tampa’s Latin quarter, Ybor City also has a diverse bar and club scene that’s popular with locals on the weekend. During the day you can hop a trolley over to the Channelside district and stroll the entire length of Tampa’s River Walk, taking in a variety of museums and riverfront views.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with strolling the sands of Clearwater Beach or Fort De Soto either. But for the traditional walking tour experience most vacationers expect, these three top our list.