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“Who Knew?”

Ybor City Historic Walking Tours
Ranked #3 of 81 Tours in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: There is no better way to experience Ybor City than at streetlevel on foot. Come discover this vibrant and diverse city. Ourwalking tours explore the many layers of history that make up the fabric of Ybor City. Tours start from the Vicente Martinez-Ybor statue at Centro Ybor on Seventh Avenue. Call for current schedule.
Valdosta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Who Knew?”
Reviewed 5 November 2013

Who knew that Ybor City was a hotbed of revolution and that the growth of Tampa came at the expense of Houston? I learned a lot on the fun tour. A long walk, but worth the exercise. Our guide, Lonnie Herman, was interesting and knowledgeable. To not forget to eat a any of the may and varied eateries in the area. A FUN DAY!

Visited October 2013
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English first
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“EXCELLANT!”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

To really appreciate Ybor City, you must take a walking tour. There is so much history in this part of Tampa. It takes about 2 hours, it's a gentle walk, nothing strenuous. Ask for Lonnie Herman. We were a group of 18 and had such an enjoyable tour with him. I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Tampa.

Visited November 2013
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Tampa, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“This is 10 star !”
Reviewed 31 October 2013

I'm the organizer of a Meet-up Group for active seniors. 18 of us (ranging in age from 60s to 80s just took this tour led by Lonnie Herman. Our scheduled 90 minute tour took 2 1/2 hours and had us clammoring for more and Lonnie was graciousy willing to extend our time together. Lonnie is so knowledgable and passionate about the subject and obviously loves telling the stories about the history and heroes and scalawags of Ybor. Ghost stories, secrets, organized crime, unsolved murders, rival ethnic cultures - all true. Would you believe that the population of Tampa was 800 when Vincente Martinez Ybor bought up those 10 square blocks of swamp to move his cigar industry here? We learned about the way of life of the cigar workers, and the "company town" that Ybor built. Even those of us that have lived here for years learned so much of the history of our own back yard. Lonnie also leads a "Ghost Tour of Ybor City". We'll be doing that sometime soon.

Visited October 2013
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Tampa, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“So interesting!”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

I attending this walking tour today and it was awesome! I learned a lot about Ybor, even though I live in Tampa. I would recommend this tour 100% for anyone visiting the area who has even the slightest interest in history. The tour is advertised at 90 minutes, but we had a few slower walkers, so the whole thing lasted nearly 2 hours. It was WELL worth the price.

Visited October 2013
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Tampa, FL
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Guy Knows His Stuff and Very Entertaining”
Reviewed 28 September 2013

My wife and I took this tour yesterday through Ybor City which is just east of downtown Tampa, Fl. It was very enjoyable and very informative. They guide knows the town and the stories about the people that made it the way it is.

Visited September 2013
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