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Take a stroll through the Sunshine State’s history with Florida Stories Walking Tours

by Susan and Simon Veness

Florida Stories Walking Tours free app, produced by Florida Humanities, takes listeners on a tour of 36 fascinating cities and towns, revealing insights into their histories, architecture, and culture.

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Photos courtesy of Florida Humanities

Locations span cities and towns from Pensacola in the Panhandle to Florida’s southernmost city of Key West.

Take a stroll through Ybor City and learn about its legendary cigar culture, discover St. Augustine’s “Gilded Age,” and delve into communities of color, including Virginia Key Beach and Little Havana in Miami, Dunbar in Fort Myers, The Hill in Apalachicola, and many more.

Each one-hour long, professionally narrated tour visits at least 10 stops featuring three to six minutes of history, plus fascinating facts and “hidden gems” at each stop. Directions are designed to be easy to follow, and the app also provides photos to support the narration.

“Sharing the history and culture of our incredible state through storytelling is truly the core mission of Florida Humanities,” said Director of Administration and Technology Lisa Lennox. “By being able to have access to these rich stories in the palm of your hand, everyone is able to experience Florida in a completely new way, no matter where they are.”

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It took six months of research, script writing, narration recording, graphics and GPS coordinate gathering, and testing to develop each tour, and all 36 tours currently included on the app were created through a competitive grant process.

Florida Stories Walking Tours launched in 2015 in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida. The free app can be downloaded via Apple Store or Google Play.

For more information visit FloridaHumanities.org/FloridaStories.


Florida Travel: Take a Walking Tour with the Florida Stories App
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