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App offers free walking tour of 5 Tampa Bay cities

The Florida Stories audio app offers tours of dozens of Florida towns, pointing out buildings, monuments, museums and notable history.
The St. Petersburg Museum of History is the first stop on the St. Petersburg Florida Stories audio tour.
The St. Petersburg Museum of History is the first stop on the St. Petersburg Florida Stories audio tour. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published May 7
Updated May 7

The Florida Humanities Council, which promotes history and culture, has created free walking tours of towns throughout the state, and five Tampa Bay area cities are being highlighted on its app.

You can take a leisurely stroll while you learn about Indian Rocks Beach, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs and Ybor City. Find the app by searching for “Florida Stories” in the app store, or view a web version at floridahumanities.org. A total of 36 cities currently have tours available.

The sun begins to shine brightly over Philippe Park in Safety Harbor, one of the towns featured in the free walking tour app Florida Stories.
The sun begins to shine brightly over Philippe Park in Safety Harbor, one of the towns featured in the free walking tour app Florida Stories. [ CARL LISCIANDRELLO | TIMES | CARL LISCIANDRELLO | Times ]

“Our hope is that people realize we have hundreds of communities across Florida that have a fascinating story to tell,” said Keith Simmons, Florida Humanities Council communications director. “Whether you are a lifelong resident or new to the area, we hope you learn a compelling story to take with you.”

The tours were designed to explore the unique history of smaller Florida towns. Each tour is about an hour long and contains at least 10 stops at historical monuments, noted buildings and museums. Each stop serves up about three to six minutes of history.

“Florida Stories tours are high-quality, packed with photos,” the Florida Humanities Council website states, “and rich audio that will open your eyes to many of Florida’s cities and towns in a way you’ve never experienced before.”

“It is like getting a tour from a local,” said Steve Seibert, past chairman of the board of the Florida Humanities Council.