I bet when you think about Tampa, murals aren’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind. Our city across the bay, St. Pete, usually gets that recognition. But what if I told you that in less than 5 miles you can see more than 70 murals in and around downtown Tampa! And if you’re willing to go the extra mile, literally, you can see even more! Tampa has a lot of amazing murals that unfortunately get missed, but this tour ensures that you don’t miss a single one!
Departing from the heart of downtown Tampa, at beautiful Curtis Hixon Park, we’ll leave the Hillsborough River behind and head into the city. Weaving up and down streets throughout downtown, passing by the historic sights along the way, we’ll begin seeing murals within the first few blocks. The trick to Tampa is really knowing where to look, so don’t panic if your tour route seems a little ‘erratic’ – your guide is just making sure that you don’t miss out on anything! We’ll see murals ranging from a 2020 Stanley Cup Tampa Bay Lightning tribute to brightly colored sea turtles and a pirate ship and even a rendition of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.
Departing the Channelside area we’ll dip into Perry Harvey Sr. Park for both murals and also just an amazing park to run through. There are oversized statues of people doing the twist beside a juke box with a pretty hip looking dog when you first enter the park, so I’m pretty sure that’s enough to sell anyone! And from here we will take you to the highlight of the tour, where the highest concentration of murals can be found – the lovely Heights area! Here your guide will show you murals ranging from a giant alligator (of course), The Wizard of Oz (there are actually two of these in the area now), Lady Gaga and about 40 more in the immediate area!
So come out and let our guides show you the best murals of the Tampa, at your pace! Bonus – if you have time, check with you guide and we can see some ‘bonus’ murals on a quick out and back. Cheers!