Walking Tour: Top Architectural Sites in Tampa, Tampa (Self Guided)

Tampa is a young, vibrant city full of modern buildings that represent a new generation of architects and new era of architecture. All over the city, you will find mostly new buildings featuring contemporary designs, with a few historic structures hidden among them. Take this tour to discover some of the fabulous architectural sites around Tampa.
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Walking Tour: Top Architectural Sites in Tampa Map

Guide Name: Walking Tour: Top Architectural Sites in Tampa
Guide Location: USA » Tampa (See other walking tours in Tampa)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Author: jenny
Tampa Theatre

1) Tampa Theatre (must see)

The Tampa Theatre and Office Building is a historic U.S. theater and city landmark. On January 3, 1978, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

The Theatre features a wide range of independent, foreign, and documentary films on a daily basis. It is Tampa's only non-profit theater and operating costs are largely covered by its membership program, various corporate sponsors as well as ticket sales. It has periodically been used as a backdrop for movies, MTV videos and local programming.

Designed as a atmospheric theatre style movie palace by architect John Eberson, the Tampa Theatre opened on October 15, 1926. Besides being architecturally stunning both inside and out, the theatre was the first commercial building in Tampa to offer air conditioning. This fact gave the theater even more appeal during Florida's sweltering summer months.

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Sacred Heart Church

2) Sacred Heart Church

Sacred Heart Catholic Church was constructed in 1905 and is one of the oldest churches in the city of Tampa. The church is predominantly a Romanesque structure, with other elements. The church is home to Sacred Heart Parish, part of the West Hillsborough Deanery of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Petersburg.

As Tampa grew, so did the parish, and by 1897 it was decided that a new church was needed. The dedication of Sacred Heart Church took place on January 15, 1905, and at that time the parish was renamed Sacred Heart Parish.

The granite and marble structure includes a 135 foot dome, solid oak pews and doors, porcelain tiles, and a Carrara marble altar. Its 70 stained glass windows were designed and manufactured for Sacred Heart by Franz Mayer & Co. of Munich, Germany.

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One Mack-Cali Center

3) One Mack-Cali Center

One Mack-Cali Center is a 252ft (77m) tall high rise. The building has 21 floors of which the first three are a parking garage. The buildings main tenant, Raytheon, has kept the building 80 to 90 percent occupied despite vacancy problems in downtown Tampa. The building is also home to the Hillsborough County Law Library and several law firms. In July 2002 it was bought by Decade Properties Inc. for 25 million dollars. It is the 18th tallest building in Tampa.

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Park Tower

4) Park Tower

Park Tower (formerly known as the Lykes Building) is a skyscraper located in downtown Tampa. It is the second-oldest high-rise building in the current Tampa skyline. When the building was finished in November 1973, it was the tallest in Tampa, and the third-tallest in all of Florida, at 460 feet (36 stories). It was the tallest building in Tampa until One Tampa City Center was built in 1981.

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Tampa Museum of Art

5) Tampa Museum of Art (must see)

The Tampa Museum of Art exhibits 20th-century fine art, as well as Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities. The museum was founded in 1979 and debuted an innovative new building in 2010 on the banks of Hillsborough River just north of its original site. The current location is part of Tampa's Riverwalk and the Waterfront Arts District along with the Glazer Children's Museum and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and includes a gift shop and SONO Cafe, a restaurant operated by Mise En Place.

In 2010, the Tampa Museum of Art was chosen as a winner of an American Architecture Award by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

Opening hours: Mon. – Thurs.: 11am – 7pm; Friday: 11am – 10pm; Sat. – Sun. :11am – 5pm

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Plant Hall, University of Tampa

6) Plant Hall, University of Tampa

Plant Hall is another landmark of the city located in the University of Tampa. The Hall was originally a famous hotel, which then transformed into Tampa University. The building was preserved due to its great history and the superb architectural design of Frederic Spaulding. The main building of the university has a style influenced by Moorish Revival architecture.

Walking Tours in Tampa, Florida

Create Your Own Walk in Tampa

Create Your Own Walk in Tampa

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tampa is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Walking Tour: Tampa Landmarks

Walking Tour: Tampa Landmarks

Tampa is a lively city with a great history that is well-represented by its landmark buildings. These wonderful towers, churches, and centers add a certain cultural depth to the city's skylines. Take this tour to discover some of the most well-known landmarks in all of Tampa.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Tampa Museums and Galleries

Tampa Museums and Galleries

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Downtown Orientation Walk

Downtown Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Tampa for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Tampa has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Tampa, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.