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SWFL Museum of History partners with True Tours for historic walking tours

Tours leave at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays from the Southwest Florida Museum of History.
Tours leave at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays from the Southwest Florida Museum of History.
Tom Hall, 2011

The Southwest Florida Museum of History has partnered with True Tours to offer educational and entertaining historical walking tours of downtown Fort Myers. The museum and True Tours have long offered separate historical walking tours, so they forged a public-private partnership to eliminate redundant activities.

True Tours offers historic walking, public art and haunted history tours of downtown Fort Myers.
Courtesy of True Tours

“We’re excited about working with True Tours. They offer a professional tour with new stories to tell and innovative ways of telling them,” says museum director Matt Johnson. “That’s what True Tours specializes and excels in.”

Beginning Wednesday, January 8, two tours will be offered each Wednesday and Saturday - at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - through season.

True Tour owner Gina Taylor, the former executive director of Lee Trust for Historic Preservation, has extensive knowledge of local architecture and culture, and continues her research to add interesting dimensions to each story about local landmarks and town founders. Her goal is to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for visitors and residents.

“The tour is always evolving as I discover interesting facts,” she says. “I think participants should feel entertained while learning history. There’s a lot of local color to share.”

Tour-takers will learn about the original military fort (the city’s namesake); a deep rivalry that fueled the establishment of the business district; historic landmarks and colorful characters; and tales of life in this unique community along the banks of the Caloosahatchee.

  • What: Historical Walking Tours of My River District
  • When: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (arrive 15 minutes early)
  • Where: Departing SWFL Museum of History, 2031 Jackson Street, Fort Myers
  • Cost: $12 + tax and gratuity. Space is limited; reservations required. Add museum admission for only $5.
  • Call: Museum (239) 321-7430, Tuesday through Saturday. Call True Tours off-hours and weekends at (239) 945-0405 for reservations.
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