FAQs

Meet your tour guides at the FREE public parking garage on Herald Court, right by the bicycle.

SW Florida Walking Tours offers engaging tours of historic downtown Punta Gorda, FL.

  • Our most popular tour, Bites of Punta Gorda, is a 3-hour easy walking culinary tour that takes you to five local eateries to sample their specialties. 
  • Our Haunted History tour is an exciting and interactive walking, history and paranormal tour!
  • People who like walking and gardening will enjoy the Gardens of Punta Gorda tour which takes you strolling through the historic Punta Gorda neighborhood to appreciate the trees and plants while learning about the history of this “villa town”.

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Wear comfortable walking shoes
Where does the tour start?
We meet and begin our tours at the FREE public parking garage on Herald Court. The address for GPS is 117 Herald Court.
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 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. We’ll let you know if we still have space, and be sure to bring cash to pay for your tickets.
How much are tickets?
Ticket prices are as follows:
+ Bites of Punta Gorda food tour: $55 per person.
+ Haunted History walking tour: $30 adults | $20 accompanied minors 16 and under | children in strollers (3 and under) are free
+ Gardens of Punta Gorda walking tour: $20 adults | $10 accompanied minors 16 and under | children in strollers (3 and under) are free
Is the tour wheelchair and stroller accessible?
All the stops on the food tour are handicap accessible. 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 Spirits, Haunts and History tours with wheelchairs and strollers is more challenging (but not impossible).
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 and/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 and standing is involved?
The Bites of Punta Gorda food tours cover approximately 1.7 miles over a 3-hour period. The tour is conducted at a relaxed pace and stops frequently, including spending approximately 20 minutes at each of the designated tasting spots. We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes, as it is a walking tour.  If you are not able to walk this distance comfortably, we do not recommend this tour. The Gardens of Punta Gorda and Spirits, Haunts and History tours are 1 1/2 to 2 hours long and cover up to 2.5 miles. These tours are recommended for people who enjoy walking. Again, we highly recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes, as it is a walking tour.
What about gratuities?
Tips are not included in the ticket price. If your server on the food tour was good, please feel free to tip the restaurant staff. While not required, the tour guides and special guests accept and appreciate gratuities.
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.
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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 the establishments themselves. 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, this tour is 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 do 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 5 locations on the food tour. Enough food is served overall to amount to a satisfying meal for the participants. There is no food or beverages served on the The Gardens of Punta Gorda and Spirits, Haunts and History tours.
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.
What types of food are served?
Food will be provided from a combination of ethnic mom-and-pop spots, locally loved eateries, and some of the area’s best fine dining restaurants.
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. The Gardens of Punta Gorda and Spirits, Haunts and History do not include food, but do include more in-depth historical information.
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 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 do 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 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 do 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.