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SW Florida Walking Tours

Frequently Asked Questions

SW Florida Walking Tours

FAQ

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Where does the tour meet?
You will receive a confirmation email that will tell you where the tour meets. Generally, restaurant tours meet downtown and haunted or history tours meet in the historic neighborhood. Special Events meet at alternate locations which will be advised in the event description.

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Yes, tickets must be purchased in advance. Restaurants and tour guides need 24-hours’ notice to ensure your tour runs smoothly. You can buy your tickets either online or by phone with a credit card. If online booking has closed, call the reservations center at 941-276-6384.

How much are tickets?
Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Big Breakfast Tour: $39 per person.
  • Long Lunch Tour: $59 per person
  • Afternoon Appetizers Tour: $39 per person
  • Ghost Stories of Punta Gorda: $29 adults | $19 accompanied minors 17 and under | children in strollers (3 and under) are free
  • History of Punta Gorda Walking Tour: $29 adults | $19 accompanied minors 17 and under | children in strollers (3 and under) are free
  • Special Events: Ticket price varies.

Is the tour wheelchair and stroller accessible?
All the stops on the restaurant tours are accessible to people with mobility impairments. However, keep in mind that some of the streets and walkways are paved with bricks and may be more difficult to navigate.

Are cameras allowed?
Yes, we encourage taking photos! We would love it if you would share your photos and videos of your experience with us by email or on TripAdvisor and Facebook.

What about inclement weather?
Tours run rain or shine. We ask that you check the weather forecast and dress accordingly if inclement weather is predicted. In the event of severe weather, every attempt will be made to contact you ahead of time to reschedule your tour.

How much walking is involved?

  • History of Punta Gorda Walking Tours are two hours long and cover just under three miles. These tours are recommended for people who enjoy walking. Wear comfortable walking shoes, as it is a walking tour. If you are not able to walk this distance comfortably, we do not recommend these tours.
  • Restaurant Tours cover approximately 1 and 1/2 miles over a two or three-hour period. The tours are conducted at a relaxed pace and stops frequently, including spending approximately 20 minutes or more at each of the designated tasting spots. We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes, as it is a walking tour. 
  • Ghost Stories Tours are about an hour long and cover up to a mile. Stops are frequent and usually near benches.
  • Most of our special events do not involve walking. 

What about gratuities?
If you enjoyed your event, don’t be afraid of showing your appreciation in the form of dead presidents.

Are tours only offered in English?
Yes, at the moment our tours are only offered in English. If you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the tour, please contact us at tourguides@swfloridawalkingtours.com.

Is smoking allowed on the tour?
As a courtesy to all the tour participants, we ask that you refrain from smoking if it bothers others on the tour. Smokers may drop behind the group and smoke while we’re walking.

Are gift certificates available?
Yes! Gift certificates are available for purchase and make great gifts for family and friends. Buy Gift Certificates!

Can I book a private group tour?
Yes, private tours are available. We are happy to arrange customized private tours for small and large groups. To inquire about booking a private tour, please contact us at tourguides@swfloridawalkingtours.com.

Do your tours have anything to offer a local?
Absolutely! While you may be familiar with our route and some of the stops, you will have the opportunity to try new foods at the tasting locations and learn more about Punta Gorda’s history. Also, being a local, you have the unique opportunity to re-visit the eateries we feature on the tour and any other recommendations we point out at your leisure! Additionally, these tours are an excellent way to entertain out-of-town guests, celebrate a special occasion or encourage professional team building.

 

SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT RESTAURANT TOURS

Are the food tours appropriate for children?
Our tours have been developed for food and history lovers. We feel that many children under 17 might not fully appreciate our tours. Parents, who know their children best, should assess whether a 2 or 3-hour walking restaurant tour is appropriate for their own child’s attention span and stamina. Whether to bring your child is ultimately up to your discretion, but note that all children need a paid ticket except for children 3 and under, who will not be participating in the food tastings on the tour. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing a child under 3-years old, so that your tour guide can be prepared.

What if I have dietary restrictions or food allergies?
Please let us know in advance and we’ll do our best to accommodate your dietary restrictions. 

How much food is served?
We generally stop at 3-5 locations, depending on the restaurant tour. Enough food is served overall to amount to a satisfying meal for participants. 

What types of food are served?
You’ll receive samples, small portions of meals or appetizers.

Are there any beverages included?
Our tasting locations offer ice water for tour participants. You are welcome to bring a bottle of water with you. At most locations, participants may purchase adult beverages (local beer, wine and cocktails). Please note that the cost of adult beverages is not included in your ticket purchase.

When is the best time to take the tour?
We generally recommend taking the tour early during your stay in town to allow enough time to revisit some of your favorite stops later during your trip.

Do we only walk around and sample food?
Absolutely not! Our tours combine local culture, historical facts and culinary insights into a unique experience. The tour will take you through our charming downtown area, tasting the area’s most delicious foods while learning the history and interesting facts about the local area.

Are restrooms available along the tour route?
All of the restaurant stops have restrooms.

Are dogs or pets allowed on the tour?
Since we will be entering various food establishments, and as a courtesy to the other guests on the tour, all pets, with the exception of trained certified service dogs, are prohibited on the food tour. But this tour is a great way for you to learn which restaurants have outdoor seating and welcome pets so you can bring Toby with you another day.

 

SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT HAUNTED & HISTORY TOURS

Are the haunted tours appropriate for children?
Children under 12 might not fully appreciate our haunted walking tours. Parents, who know their children best, should assess whether a walking tour is appropriate for their own child’s attention span and physical stamina. Whether to bring your child is ultimately up to your discretion, but note that all children need a paid ticket except for very young children in strollers. Some children may be confused or frightened by topics like ghosts, spirits and murders.

Are restrooms available along the tour route?
We may encounter portable toilets, and there are public restrooms in Gilchrist Park and downtown on Herald Court.

Are dogs or pets allowed on the tour?
All pets, with the exception of trained certified service dogs, are prohibited on the haunted history tours.

Is there a route map?
Yes! Get the PocketSights app on your smartphone!

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Wear comfortable walking shoes!

Where does the tour start?
We meet and begin most of our tours at the FREE public parking garage on Herald Court. The address for GPS is 117 Herald Court. Your guide will meet you in front of Florida Gulf Coast University, across the street from the back door of River City Grill.

Is parking available near the meeting location?
There is a parking garage at the meeting location and it’s free. Street parking is available but is limited. Please read all signs when looking for street parking to avoid getting ticketed.

Where does the tour finish?
Depending on the tour, it will end where we began or within 2-3 blocks from the starting point. Your tour guide will provide you with directions back to the starting point of the tour or to your next destination.

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Yes, tickets must be purchased in advance. Tours often sell out so we suggest purchasing your tickets early to guarantee your desired tour day. You can buy your tickets either online or by phone with a credit card. If online booking has closed, call us at 941-276-6384.

Meet at the FREE Herald Court public parking garage.

How much are tickets?
Ticket prices are as follows:

    • Punta Gorda Food Tour: $59 per person.
    • Punta Gorda Pub Food Tour: $59 adults over age 21.
    • Olde Englewood Food Tour: $49 per person.
  • Haunted History of Punta Gorda Walking Tour: $29 adults | $19 accompanied minors 16 and under | children in strollers (3 and under) are free
  • Gardens of Punta Gorda Walking Tour: $19 adults | $9 accompanied minors 16 and under | children in strollers (3 and under) are free
  • Invigorating Walking Tour: $39.
  • Walk in the Park Photography Tour: $29.
  • Special Events: Ticket price varies.

Is the tour wheelchair and stroller accessible?
All the stops on the food tour are accessible to people with disabilities. However, keep in mind that some of the streets and walkways are paved with bricks and may be more difficult to navigate. The Gardens of Punta Gorda and Haunted History tours may be more challenging (but not impossible) with wheelchairs.

Are cameras allowed?
Yes, cameras are permitted and we encourage taking photos! We would love it if you would share your photos and videos of your experience with us by email or Facebook. If you email us, please let us know if we can publish your photos or videos on our web page and on Facebook.

What about inclement weather?
Tours will run rain or shine. We ask that you check the weather forecast and dress accordingly if inclement weather is predicted. In the event of severe weather, every attempt will be made to contact you ahead of time to reschedule your tour.

How much walking is involved?

  • The Punta Gorda Food Tour, Punta Gorda Pub Tour and Olde Englewood Food Tour cover approximately 2 miles over a 3-hour period. The tours are conducted at a relaxed pace and stops frequently, including spending approximately 30 minutes at each of the designated tasting spots. We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes, as it is a walking tour.
  • The Gardens of Punta Gorda and Haunted History of Punta Gorda Walking Tours are about 2 hours long and cover up to 2.5 miles. These tours are recommended for people who enjoy walking. Wear comfortable walking shoes, as it is a walking tour. If you are not able to walk this distance comfortably, we do not recommend these tours.
  • Most of our special events such as beer and wine tastings do not involve walking.

What about gratuities?
If you enjoyed your event, don’t be afraid of showing your appreciation in the form of dead presidents.

Are tours only offered in English?
Yes, at the moment our tours are only offered in English. If you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the tour, please contact us at tourguides@swfloridawalkingtours.com.

Is smoking allowed on the tour?
As a courtesy to all the tour participants, we ask that you refrain from smoking if it bothers others on the tour. Smokers may drop behind the group and smoke while we’re walking.

What if I get tired and can’t finish the walk?
In Punta Gorda you can call the free electric car shuttle service, Nickel Ride, for a lift to our next stop or back to your hotel or the parking garage. (855) 937-3733

Are gift certificates available?
Yes! Gift certificates are available for purchase and make great gifts for family and friends. Buy Gift Certificates!

Can I book a private group tour?
Yes, private tours are available. We are happy to arrange customized private tours for small and large groups. To inquire about booking a private tour, please contact us at tourguides@swfloridawalkingtours.com.

Do your tours have anything to offer a local?
Absolutely! While you may be familiar with our route and some of the stops, you will have the opportunity to try new foods at the tasting locations and learn more about Punta Gorda’s history. Also, being a local, you have the unique opportunity to re-visit the eateries we feature on the tour and any other recommendations we point out at your leisure! Additionally, these tours are an excellent way to entertain out-of-town guests, celebrate a special occasion or encourage professional team building.

SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT FOOD TOURS

Are the food tours appropriate for children?
Our tours have been developed for food and history lovers. We feel that many children under 17 might not fully appreciate our tours. Parents, who know their children best, should assess whether a 3-hour walking food tour is appropriate for their own child’s attention span and stamina. Whether to bring your child is ultimately up to your discretion, but note that all children need a paid ticket except for children 3 and under, who will not be participating in the food tastings on the tour. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing a child under 3-years old, so that your tour guide can be prepared.

What if I have dietary restrictions or food allergies?
Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate any dietary restrictions at this time. If you are a vegetarian, please let us know in advance. Most of our restaurants can accommodate you.

How much food is served?
We generally stop at 4-5 locations on the food tour. Enough food is served overall to amount to a satisfying meal for the participants.

What types of food are served?
You’ll receive small portions of meals, starting with a breakfast-type entree, and ending with dessert.

Are there any beverages included?
Our tasting locations offer ice water for tour participants. You are welcome to bring a bottle of water with you. At most locations, participants may be able to purchase alcoholic beverages (local beer, wine and cocktails). Please note that the cost is not included in your ticket purchase.

When is the best time to take the tour?
We generally recommend taking the tour early during your stay in town to allow enough time to revisit some of your favorite stops later during your trip.

Do we only walk around and sample food?
Absolutely not! Our tours combine local culture, historical facts and culinary insights into a unique 3-hour experience. The tour will take you through our charming downtown area, tasting the area’s most delicious foods while learning the history and interesting facts about the local area.

Are restrooms available along the tour route?
There are restrooms at the tour meeting and end point at the parking garage. All of the restaurant stops have restrooms.

Are dogs or pets allowed on the tour?
Since we will be entering various food establishments, and as a courtesy to the other guests on the tour, all pets, with the exception of trained certified service dogs, are prohibited on the food tour. But this tour is a great way for you to learn which restaurants have outdoor seating and welcome pets so you can bring Toby with you another day.

SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT PUNTA GORDA PUB TOURS

Are the pub tours appropriate for children?
Only people age 21 or over are permitted on the pub tour.

What if I have dietary restrictions or food allergies?
Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate any dietary restrictions at this time. If you are a vegetarian, please let us know in advance. Most of our restaurants can accommodate you.

How much food is served?
We generally stop at 4 to 5 locations on the pub tour. Enough pub food is served overall to amount to a satisfying meal for the participants.

Are there any beverages included?
Our tasting locations offer ice water for tour participants. You are welcome to bring a bottle of water with you. Participants will purchase alcoholic beverages (local beer, wine and cocktails) on their own. Please note that the cost of alcoholic beverages is not included in your ticket purchase.

What types of food are served?
You’ll enjoy typical pub fare on this tour.

When is the best time to take the tour?
We generally recommend taking the tour early during your stay in town to allow enough time to revisit some of your favorite stops later during your trip.

Are restrooms available along the tour route?
There are restrooms at the parking garage where we meet. All of the restaurant stops have restrooms.

Are dogs or pets allowed on the tour?
Since we will be entering various food establishments, and as a courtesy to the other guests on the tour, all pets, with the exception of trained certified service dogs, are prohibited on the food tour. But this tour is a great way for you to learn which restaurants have outdoor seating and welcome pets so you can bring Toby with you another day.

SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT HAUNTED TOURS

Are the haunted tours appropriate for children?
Children under 12 might not fully appreciate our haunted walking tours. Parents, who know their children best, should assess whether a 2-hour walking tour is appropriate for their own child’s attention span and physical stamina. Whether to bring your child is ultimately up to your discretion, but note that all children need a paid ticket except for very young children in strollers. Some children may be confused or frightened by topics like ghosts, spirits and murders.

Are dogs or pets allowed on the tour?
All pets, with the exception of trained certified service dogs, are prohibited on the haunted history tour.

SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT GARDEN TOURS

Are the garden tours appropriate for children?
Children under 12 might not fully appreciate our garden walking tours. Parents, who know their children best, should assess whether a 2-hour walking tour is appropriate for their own child’s attention span and physical stamina. Whether to bring your child is ultimately up to your discretion, but note that all children need a paid ticket except for very young children in strollers.

Are dogs or pets allowed on the tour?
Small, friendly dogs are invited to attend the garden tours with their owners. Please bring a stroller for dogs who may need a break from the walking. You will be expected to clean up after your dog. If your dog behaves aggressively to other dogs or people on the tour you will be asked to leave the tour.

SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS

Are the photography tours appropriate for children?
Our photography tours have been developed for adults. We feel that many children under 17 might not fully appreciate our tours. Parents, who know their children best, should assess whether a 2-hour photography lesson is appropriate for their own child’s attention span. Whether to bring your child is ultimately up to your discretion, but note that all children need a paid ticket.

How much walking is involved on the photography tour?
We’ll stay in the vicinity of Gilchrist Park along Retta Esplanade between Cross Street and Chasteen Street. There will be more standing than walking. There are park benches throughout the park.

Are restrooms available along the tour route?
We’re not sure if the City of Punta Gorda has completed the public restrooms at Gilchrist Park. There are a few restaurants and a hotel in the vicinity.

Are dogs or pets allowed on the tour?
As a courtesy to the other guests on the tour, all pets, with the exception of trained certified service dogs, are prohibited on the tour.

 

Is this event scary?
It is not meant to scare you, however, we cannot anticipate any paranormal activity that may occur or how you’ll react to it. This house has a very credible history of paranormal activity.

Can I dress up in a costume?
Sure! Victorian and Steampunk fashions are the most appropriate for this event. Be sure you can move freely as you will need to take notes and operate a talking board to fully participate.

Are there any refreshments served?
No. You are welcome to bring your own drinks and snacks. These will be stored and consumed on the screened porch during breaks. Because this is a historic home, we cannot bring food or drinks inside (with the exception of bottled water).

Is there anything else I need to bring?
If you need glasses to read, please bring them. Otherwise we have magnifying glasses available.

Are dogs or pets allowed on the tour?
This event is held in a historic home, and all pets, with the exception of trained certified service dogs, are strictly prohibited.

SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT PRIVATE PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION

Is this event appropriate for children?
No. You must be age 18 or over.

Where is this event held?
You will attend the investigation at the historic Price Home in History Park. 501 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda.

Is parking available near the meeting location?
Yes, there is a parking lot at History Park. You’ll walk down the pathway to the last house in the park.

Is there a restroom?
Yes, there is a restroom in the historic home. Please be gentle with your use. There are also portable toilets in the park and a fountain for hand washing.

Is this event scary?
It is not meant to scare you, however, we cannot anticipate any paranormal activity that may occur or how you’ll react to it. This house has a very credible history of paranormal activity.

Are there any refreshments served?
No. You are welcome to bring your own drinks and snacks. These will be stored and consumed on the screened porch during breaks. Because this is a historic home, we cannot bring food or drinks inside (with the exception of bottled water).

Is there anything else I need to bring?
If you want to bring your own paranormal investigative equipment, you are welcome to do so. We will have our equipment on hand for your to use as well.

Are dogs or pets allowed on the tour?
This event is held in a historic home, and all pets, with the exception of trained certified service dogs, are strictly prohibited.

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