Ybor City Historic Walking Tours

Statue of Vicente Martinez Ybor

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Charismatic guide escorts fellow pedestrians on 120-minute strolls through Ybor City, stopping at historic sites to share anecdotes

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Walking tours explore intriguing surroundings at a leisurely pace, much like a photography class held in a thick bog of quicksand. Let it all sink in with this Groupon.

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  • $16 for 120-minute guided walking tour of Ybor City for two people ($40 value)
  • $29 for 120-minute guided walking tour of Ybor City for four people ($80 value)

The 120-minute foot-powered exploration of Ybor City begins as tour takers rendezvous with their guide at the 7th Avenue statue of Vicente Martinez-Ybor. Once assembled, the small group proceeds through the notable streets as guides reveals the colorful stories behind the diverse Ybor neighborhoods that were once only swampland. Historical information includes the account of how the city's founders established a Cuban-owned locality on U.S. soil, the rise and dominance of local mafia figures, and the finer points of a Cuban game known as bolita. For information on the tour scheduling and other questions, view the FAQ here.

The tour costs $5 for children aged 6–12 and is free for children 5 and younger.

Ybor City Historic Walking Tours

Tampa resident and history lover Lonnie Herman’s longtime fascination with history has evolved into a broad expertise about the area's vibrant streets where newspapers are printed in three languages. The personable former executive also has the gift of being an evocative storyteller. This convergence of interest and talents resulted in Lonnie's company, Ybor City Historic Walking Tours. The guides' upbeat narration carry small groups down vibrant 7th Avenue with detailed anecdotes that reveal the complex past behind Ybor City's cigar factories, Columbia Restaurant, and the story of the eponymous Vicente Martinez-Ybor, who founded the city as a place to store his statues of himself.

Customer Reviews

Lonnie was our tour guide. Very informative and enjoyable.
Patricia P. · September 29, 2014
Enjoy, it is fantastic
David L. · September 13, 2014
Awesome tour. Lived here for ten years and didn't know any of the information our tour guide shared with us! Joe was friendly, entertaining, and so knowledgable--excellent guide!
Brooke S. · August 31, 2014
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    Statue of Vicente Martinez Ybor

    1600 East 8th Avenue

    Tampa, FL 33605

    +18135056779

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