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Get ready for a new way to view St. Petersburg – the Sunshine City! The Museum of History and Star Trolley have teamed up to launch a series of historic trolley tours throughout St. Petersburg. This new experience gives locals and visitors the chance to go back in time on a trolley tour and learn about the colorful characters who created the city, along with the rich (and hidden) history behind it.

“St. Augustine, Key West, Savannah, all have historic tours, and now, thanks to our partnership with Star Trolley, St. Pete does as well,” said Museum of History Executive Director, Rui Farias. “These tours, while fun for us locals to hop on, will hopefully provide another reason for Florida visitors to explore St. Petersburg.”

What to expect on the historic trolley tours

The tours will embark from the Museum of History on The St. Pete Pier, which has been sharing stories of the Sunshine City for 102 years. The 2-hour tour will explore the tales of the city’s beginnings, from its piers and railroads to its waterfront parks. It will also take riders through its unique neighborhoods – Driftwood, Roser Park, and Old Northeast.

Other planned historic tours include the tales of Prohibition & Rum Runners, Spaniards and Natives of West St. Pete, Haunted Ghost Tours, a Civil Rights Tour, and an Architectural Tour. All tours are curated by the Museum of History staff and will feature a rotating slide show of historic images that are exclusive to the Museum’s historical archives.

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Image Credit: Museum of History St. Petersburg

How you can experience the historic trolley tours

Tour schedules and booking information can be found on historystpete.org, or by calling 727-894-1052, ext. 200.

Where: St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg (at the entrance of the St. Pete Pier).
When: Tours will last two hours and will run from 9 am-11 am (hours may vary for special tours)
Cost: $35 for Museum members/$45 for non-members (includes admission to the Museum after the tour)
Parking: Parking is available in the Dolphin Lot on the Pier or in the Sundial Garage. Street parking is also available.

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