Laurels
Best Local Tours
in Tampa
2017

Why These Local Tours?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored local tours on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best local tours in Tampa, FL.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Brew Tours by Thirsty Pelican

Brew Tours by Thirsty Pelican provides a variety of personal guided tours of local, independent breweries in the Tampa Bay Area. Daily group tours offer pickup and return to specified hotels for up to 30 participants, and customized private tours accommodate groups as small as three people or as large as 55 guests. Brew Tours also offers a personalized vacation plan including the best tours, hotels, and restaurants in Tampa Bay.

Saint Petersburg, FL(727) 201-8221

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Doo's Amazing Tours LLC

Doo’s Amazing Tours LLC is owned and operated by Louisa, also known as Doo, in the historical downtown Saint Petersburg District. The company specializes in guided Segway tours, kayak trips, paddleboard excursions, and rentals of bikes, kayaks, and paddleboards for non-guided tours. A variety of affordable Segway tours range from a one-hour tour of the downtown area to the Eco Tour that includes the admission fee to Sunken Gardens and runs through the Gizella Palm Tree Arboretum. Kayak and paddleboard excursions explore the mangrove swamps and the Spring River. Doo’s Amazing Tours has earned the Best of St. Petersburg Award for Sightseeing and Tours and many other accolades.

St. Petersburg, FL(727) 642-5133

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Downtown Segway

Downtown Segway is a Segway Authorized tour company in St. Petersburg offering customized private and group tours of the historic waterfront city by reservation only. Tours last from 45-minutes to two hours depending on the requested itinerary and include a 20-minute orientation and safety training session on the use of the Segway Personal Transporters. The company provides state-of-the-art wireless radio communications for a safe and informative tour experience and a variety of tour package options.

Saint Petersburg, FL(727) 265-7202

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Eat St. Pete Food Tours

Eat St. Pete Food Tours offers tourists the chance to eat like a local with two tour options including the Downtown Edge District Tour and a Grand Central District Tour. Each tour offers foodies the opportunity to indulge in unusual sandwiches, southern foods with a twist, and handmade desserts. The three-hour guided walking tours range from Asian street food, a farm to table restaurant, Cuban food, and more with the history of the city on the side.

Saint Petersburg, FL(727) 458-9839

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Florida Bike Tours

Florida Bike Tours offers an Urban Restaurant Tour each month in downtown Tampa and other specialty tours that change with the seasons. The tour welcomes all types of bikes and riders over the age of 18. Advance registration is advised as tours routinely sell out prior to the event with a few walk-up positions available on the day of the event. The five-hour tour begins with sign-in and a lighting check before heading off to the first restaurant. The tour ends with a raffle and prizes in Bartaco Hyde Park. Florida Bike Tours encourages guests to check out the many restaurants participating in their monthly trips.

Tampa, FL(813) 530-5887

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Magic Carpet Glide LLC

The Magic Carpet Glide is a Segway tour company in Tampa offering guests the experience of gliding along the Tampa Riverwalk along the majestic Hillsborough River and through the scenic Curtis Hixon Park. The fully guided tours include a 20-minute Segway training class to familiarize riders with the nuances of handling the Segway Personal Transporters and three regular tour times are available each day including at sunset with a special night glider tour scheduled at 8:00 pm. All tours require reservations in advance. Guests reported “a great way to see Tampa,” “our first time on Segways...we were the oldest at 68 in the group...did just as well as everyone else,” and “the Segways handled wonderfully.”

Tampa, FL(813) 637-9797

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Remi's Segway Tours

Remi’s Segway Tours on St. Petersburg Beach offer guests a futuristic 90-minute tour beginning at the Tiki Hut in Dolphin Village. The tour includes free pickup and drop-off service at their hotel and free orientation and training in the basic skills needed to maneuver a Segway Personal Transporter through the park with a top speed of 13 miles per hour. The TripAdvisor Ranking for this tour stands at five stars with 129 traveler reviews and customers reported “great ride in the park,” “great tour guide,” and “ best Segway tour ever.”

Saint Petersburg, FL(727) 637-2211

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Safety Harbor Ghost & History Tours

Safety Harbor Ghost & History Tours offers guests the opportunity to experience the past through the eyes of Laura Dent, a 30-year resident of Safety Harbor, researcher, professional actor, and storyteller. History and Ghost walking tours include 90-minutes of stories about pirates, Tocobaga Indians, ancient burial grounds, Spanish Conquistadors, pioneers, and more. Seated presentations and other special events are available by reservation only at the Safety Harbor Museum & Cultural Center. Customers reported “ a most informative Saturday morning history tour,” “can’t wait to bring friends,” and “recommend this for all out of towners and those who live in the town and know little of its great history.”

Safety Harbor, FL(727) 687-8785

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St. Pete Segway Tours

St. Pete Segway Tours offers tours beginning in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg for guests 12 years and older three times a day and seven days a week. Each tour includes a 20-minute training class to familiarize riders with the handling of the Segway Personal Transporters and reservations are required. Customers reported “it was the best tour,” “riding on the Segway was really interesting and exciting,” and “didn’t even feel like we were taking a conventional tour.”

St. Petersburg, FL(727) 498-2322

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Tampa Brew Tours

Tampa Brew Tours provides guests with a taste of the craft beer market in the Tampa Bay area from the luxurious comfort of a stretch limousine. The tour options start with up to eight people in the limo with larger vehicles available for groups up to 32 passengers. The guided tour includes a brief history of each brew house and descriptions of their signature beers. The Stout Tampa Brew Tour includes a complimentary round at each brewery. The Light version of the tour comes with one free round and guests are welcome to bring their own growlers and snacks to enjoy on the tour. Sample itineraries are based on simple geographic location to include three breweries during a three-to-four-hour tour and guests are always welcome to customize with their own choices from over 25 microbreweries in the area.

Tampa, FL(813) 455-1750

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The Segway Adventure

The Segway Adventure is a guided tour of Clearwater’s Beachwalk offered seven days a week, twice a day for a maximum of eight people per tour group. The tour lasts for two hours with 30-minutes of orientation, training, and practice time included to teach guests how to maneuver the Segway Personal Transporters. All Segways are equipped with cargo bags for storage, drink holders, a bottle of water, comfort mats, rain ponchos, and gloves for cold days. Reservations are required and parking is available at The Magnuson Hotel for a small fee. The Segway Adventure earned Trip Advisor’s 2015 Certificate of Excellence.

Clearwater Beach, FL(727) 314-8224

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Ybor City Food Tour, Inc.

Ybor City Food Tour, Inc. is the first food walking tour in the city of Tampa with a focus on the historic neighborhood of Ybor City. The tour company offers 11 different tours three times a day and seven days a week. The Original Historic Tour leads guests among the historical landmarks in Ybor City to sample the ethnic foods of the Germans, Italians, Spanish, and Cuban immigrants that established their cultures in the area beginning in 1885. Other tour options include The Cuban Sandwich Tour, The Dessert Tour, The Pet-Friendly Dog Tour, the Farmers Market, and many others. Ybor City stands as one of America’s National Historic Districts.

Tampa, FL(813) 408-1078

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Ybor City Tours

Ybor City Tours offers 90-minute walking tours focused on the history of Ybor City that begin every day at the Ybor City Museum for guests of all ages. Reservations are required with special rates for groups and students with IDs. Other tour options include bilingual tours in English and Spanish, bus tours for groups visiting the Historic Landmark District, and bicycle tour guides. Each tour visits more than 12 historical sites with a full description of each location.

Tampa, FL(813) 241-8838

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Ybor Ghost Tour

The Ybor City Ghost Tour offers 120-minutes of spine-tingling stories about real people, history, folklore, and the ghosts of Ybor City. The family-friendly tour is an easy night time walk with frequent stops along the way. Trip Advisor awarded Ybor City Ghost Tour the 2016 Certificate of Excellence and the US City Traveler rated the Ybor Ghost Tour the #1 Haunted Tour in the US. Customers reported “the Official Ybor City Ghost Tour was the highlight of our Florida mini-vacation,” “loved the history and the fun, spooky stories,” and “a great blend of historical information and scary ghost stories told by a wonderful storyteller.”

Tampa, FL(813) 386-3905

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