In early January we went on a family vacation in Florida. One of the highlights of our visit was a walking tour to see just a few of the murals in downtown St. Petersburg. A good friend of mine from high school lives in St. Pete and when she found out we would be in town she set up this great tour for us.
The tour company is called Tour St. Pete. They offer group and private walking tours. There are a few different options, so check out their page and see what sounds good to you. Their website has a slideshow with lots of fun pictures. We enjoyed the mural tour. Greg, our tour guide, is extremely knowledgeable about the murals and the artists who create them. I believe he said there are something like 400 murals at this point, and they add some every year. I definitely want to go back and do the Sunshine City Tour, which is about the history of St. Pete, and would love to take another mural tour sometime.
Our friend and her family came along with us and we had a great time catching up while we checked out the amazing art.
No one will ever mistake me for a photographer, so try to imagine how great these murals look in person based on my not so amazing photos…
Up close you can see all the layers of color the artist used to build the final product…with spray paint, ya’ll!
The obligatory “run from your imminent destruction” shot! Note the end of an old “Coca Cola” ad they incorporated into the mural.
We also found some old payphones!
This one is stunning in person, look closely at the different textures going on within the shapes.
These are just a few of the murals we were able to see. I highly recommend you visit and go on the tour if you get the chance. As with any walking tour, dress sensibly for the weather, wear good walking shoes, put on that sunscreen and hat, pack along some water, and don’t forget your camera!
This tour was on a Sunday afternoon, and SpaceX was going to launch a rocket at 8pm CST that night…we finished the tour and set off across the state of Florida toward Cape Kennedy…but that’s another post.
Many thanks to my friend Stephanie, her family, and Greg from Tour St. Pete!